Butler holds on for 89-82 win over Xavier in OT in Big East


Butler's Chuck Harris (3) drives past Xavier's Paul Scruggs (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Butler's Chuck Harris (3) drives past Xavier's Paul Scruggs (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


Butler's Chuck Harris (3) shoots over Xavier's Dwon Odom (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


Butler's Simas Lukosius (41) shoots over Xavier's Colby Jones (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


NEW YORK (AP) — Simas Lukosius hit a jumper on the first possession in overtime to give ninth-seeded Butler a lead it would not relinquish en route to an 89-82 win over eighth-seeded Xavier in the first round of the Big East Conference tournament on Wednesday.

He followed with a 3-pointer for a 73-68 and after four free throws pulled the Shockers within one, Lukosius hit a three point and went on to score 12 points in the overtime.

Capping a second half that featured eight lead changes and four ties, Lukosius made a pair of free throws to even the score at 68 with four seconds remaining in regulation and send the game to overtime.

Chuck Harris scored a season-high 29 points, tying his career high, to lead the Bulldogs. Lukosius added 27 points and seven rebounds. Bryce Nze had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Butler (14-18).

Jack Nunge had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Musketeers (18-13). Paul Scruggs added 15 points, including a go-ahead layup with eight seconds to go in overtime, and six assists. Colby Jones had 14 points and six rebounds.

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Butler’s Chuck Harris (3) drives past Xavier’s Paul Scruggs (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/03/web1_128349428-17810d4d075a48128ba5a99a37309599.jpgButler’s Chuck Harris (3) drives past Xavier’s Paul Scruggs (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Butler’s Chuck Harris (3) shoots over Xavier’s Dwon Odom (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/03/web1_128349428-3fff0fdff5574b5cb159256a44d77d57.jpgButler’s Chuck Harris (3) shoots over Xavier’s Dwon Odom (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Butler’s Simas Lukosius (41) shoots over Xavier’s Colby Jones (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/03/web1_128349428-e50a362cbb364b92890fe83105b3af57.jpgButler’s Simas Lukosius (41) shoots over Xavier’s Colby Jones (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East basketball tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)