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Butler defeats Xavier behind big Baldwin bucket

Kamar Baldwin had to do it one more time.

NCAA Basketball: Butler at Xavier Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the course of his Butler career, Kamar Baldwin has had no shortage of big shots or big moments.

His buzzer-beater against Northwestern in just his second collegiate game. A late steal and layup in Butler’s win over #1 Villanova later that season. Sending the game to overtime with a three-pointer against Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes at the PK80 in 2017. Even earlier this season, Baldwin hit a three at the buzzer to defeat Villanova.

So, it was only fitting that the senior’s Big East career ended with one more big moment.

Off the heels of a back and forth final stretch of the game with Xavier leading 71-69, Baldwin brought the ball up, pulled up, and sank the game-winning three to give Butler the 72-71 victory.

The three-pointer was Baldwin’s fifth of the night, a night on which he scored a career-high 36 points. 13 of Baldwin’s 36 points came in the final six minutes of the game, as he completely took over for the Bulldogs and willed the team to a victory.

Naji Marshall, who posted then later deleted that it would be his last home game as a Musketeer, led Xavier with 21 points. Tyrique Jones finished with his 20th double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.