MEN'S BASKETBALL | GU Picks Up First Road Win at Butler
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 01:01
With two starters unavailable and after three players fouled out, a depleted Georgetown team rebounded from an ugly loss at Providence and beat Butler, 70-67, in overtime in a Saturday night thriller.
The Hoyas (11-4, 3-1 Big East) entered the game without junior center Josh Smith — missing his second straight game because of an unspecified “academic issue” — and junior guard Jabril Trawick, who broke his jaw in Wednesday’s loss at Providence.
Smith and Trawick’s absence was no obstacle early for the Blue and Gray, as they raced to an early 11-4 lead. Sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, returning to his hometown of Indianapolis, chipped in five of those points.
Freshman forward Reggie Cameron, making his first Georgetown start, also contributed to the hot shooting by scoring seven of his nine points in the first frame, and the Hoyas finished the first half shooting 48.5 percent and holding the Bulldogs to just 37.5 percent.
However, senior forward Nate Lubick and junior forward Mikael Hopkins both picked up costly fouls early in the first half and were only able to play sparingly through the rest of the game because of foul trouble. Still, Georgetown took a 34-29 lead into the locker room at the half.
Smith-Rivera’s three-point play opened the second half and the Hoyas got their biggest lead with 6:55 remaining in the game when a three-pointer from senior guard Markel Starks stretched Georgetown’s lead to 50-41.
On the ropes, however, Butler fought back and — with Hopkins and Lubick on the bench — went on a 12-4 run to take its first lead of the ballgame at 53-52 with 3:19 left in regulation.
A three-point play by senior forward Aaron Bowen and two free throws from Smith-Rivera kept Georgetown in the game, but the Hoyas trailed 60-57 after Hopkins fouled out with 25 seconds left.
Racing down court, Starks nailed a long three-pointer to tie the game at 60, and Butler couldn’t get a clean shot off before time expired.
With senior forward John Caprio into the game — his 16 minutes were the most he’s ever played at Georgetown — after junior forward Moses Ayegba fouled out, the Hoyas struggled to find a rhythm early in the extra period.
Starks tied the game at 64 with a free throw, however, and Bowen was able to break up a Butler pass and get the ball back with 57 seconds left. He passed to Starks, who returned the favor and Bowen’s resounding dunk reclaimed the lead at 66-64.
Seconds later, Bowen stole the ball again and connected with Cameron, who put the finishing touches on the 70-67 win.
Smith-Rivera was the leading scorer, with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Starks added 15 points and five rebounds, and Bowen finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Butler sophomore guard Kellen Dunham paced the Bulldogs, finishing with 21 points. Forward Khyle Marshall had 18. Butler scored 25 of their 67 points on free throws, while Georgetown made just eight of their attempts at the charity stripe.
Next up for the Hoyas is a trip tomorrow to Cincinnati, where they will face Xavier (13-4, 3-1 Big East). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be carried on the CBS Sports Network.