Xavier Vs. Butler Score Update: Musketeers Leading Bulldogs 39-23 At Halftime

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 18: Tu Holloway #52 of the Xavier Musketeers walks to the bench late in the second half against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 18, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tu Holloway has carried the Xavier Musketeers through tense times to an undefeated 6-0 record.

At halftime at Hinkle Fieldhouse against the two-time reigning NCAA runners-up Butler Bulldogs, Holloway has yet to make a field goal. But the guard is still finding a way to fill the scoresheet, and the Musketeers are cruising to what looks like another likely win, leading Butler 39-23 at the break.

Holloway has scored 8 points -- all at the free throw line -- and has added 3 rebounds and 3 steals to pace Xavier.

Yet Xavier's patented stingy defense is the story of the first half, as a 17-0 run turned a 6-4 deficit into a 21-6 lead. Butler trailed by as many as 18 after Holloway made a pair of free throws to give Xavier a 30-12 lead, but the Bulldogs fought back a bit late in the first half and cut the deficit to 34-23, before Xavier extended their advantage again with a 5-0 run to end the half.

One stat comparison sums up Xavier's defensive dominance: Butler's starters have totaled as many turnovers (9) as points (9) at halftime.

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