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Butler basketball holds off Xavier despite injuries, foul issues

INDIANAPOLIS – Point guard Aaron Thompson was on the bench. So was center Derrik Smits. Butler’s two other bigs, Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden, were in foul trouble.

But when you have Kamar Baldwin, all of that is details.

Baldwin made two clutch baskets down the stretch, and the 20th-ranked Bulldogs held on to beat Xavier 66-61 in Big East basketball Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Baldwin hit a long jumper with 2:33 left to expand the lead to 61-53, then a stepback jumper from about the same spot as last week’s Villanova buzzer-beater to make it 64-55 at 1:12.