INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Kunkel scored 25 points off the bench to lead No. 22 Xavier past Butler 87-72 on Friday night.
Kunkel sank 8 of 12 shots, including 5 of 8 3-point shots for the 12-2 Musketeers. Paul Scruggs contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Xavier.
Aaron Thompson scored 20 and Bryce Golden 19 points for the 8-6 Bulldogs. Butler cut the deficit to seven twice but could get no closer.
Next up, the Bulldogs travel to Washington D.C. to face Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 13.