The Musketeers went into this Dec. 9, 2010 contest with a 6-2 record and hadn’t lost at the Cintas Center since 2008, when Butler pulled off the upset. The Butler Bulldogs looked to upset Xavier again in 2010, coming into this game with a 4-4 record. The Bulldogs came very close to the upset when they overcame a 10-point deficit late in the game.
Butler’s Ronald Nored, with the score tied and 32 seconds to go, missed a pair of free throws. He then fouled Mark Lyons on an inbound play under Xavier’s basket, setting up the chance for Xavier to take the lead.
Guard Mark Lyons made these two free throws with 0:03.4 left on the clock to lift Xavier to a 51–49 victory over Butler in this non-league game. The loss was Butler’s second straight and third in the last four games.
This was another great game played between these growing rival’s. Only a year earlier, Butler beat Xavier on a controversial ending involving the clock.
What might have been even more impressive than the Xavier win, was the crowd noise in Cintas. Butler Senior F Matt Howard said this was the loudest game/place he had ever played. Butler coach Brad Stevens also commented on the environment:
“Down 10 in an environment like this, your team can go one of two ways,” coach Brad Stevens said. “You can let it get away, or you can stay and fight and make it a game. That’s what our guys did.”
Cintas Center has had plenty of hostile environments in his history, but this game will go down as one of the loudest and most hostile (I also remember seeing Xavier fans throwing things at the Butler bus as it arrived and left that night).
Kenny Frease on playing in Cintas: “We just play really well here, When it comes down to it, we just have extra energy in this building. In the last-minute, we don’t feel fatigue.”
The environment was the first thing Chris Mack mentioned in his post-game press conference
Xavier Nation and Cintas Center strikes again!