Georgetown Holds Off Butler Rally in Overtime Thriller

Kellen Dunham (Photo by John Fetcho)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – The visiting Georgetown Hoyas held off a late Butler rally in a blow-for-blow second half to pull out a 70-67 overtime victory over the Bulldogs in a BIG EAST game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Jan. 11).  Their third overtime loss in the last four games drops the Bulldogs to 10-6 on the season and 0-4 in conference.

The Hoyas led by nine with 6:55 remaining in the second half, but after strong efforts from junior guard Alex Barlow and freshman forward Andrew Chrabascz, who had 6 points each in the final six minutes, the Bulldogs rallied to take a one point lead with 3:19 remaining in regulation. After three Hoyas fouled out in the closing minutes of the period, Georgetown battled behind guard D'Vaunt Smith-Rivera (18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) to keep the game close, and guard Markel Starks hit a game-tying 3-point jumper with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

The Hoyas shot 60% from the field in overtime, outscoring the Bulldogs 10-7 and icing the game on a key steal from forward Aaron Bowen with 13 seconds remaining in the extra period that led to a lay-in from forward Reggie Cameron to clinch the Georgetown win.

"I give Georgetown a lot of credit, they're a very good basketball team," said Butler coach Brandon Miller. "Starks made a very good shot at the end of the game to tie the game and send it to overtime. That's what older guys do, that's what tough guys do. Give credit to him, he made the play. Unfortunately, we didn't make enough plays to win the game. Unfortunately, there were a couple things in the beginning of the game especially."

Sophomore guard Kellen Dunham finished with 21 points for the Bulldogs, but was held to just 4 points in the second half on 1-9 shooting, including 0-6 from 3-point range. As a team, Butler shot a season-low 9.5% (2-21) from deep, but converted a season-high 25 free throws on a season-high 33 attempts.

Senior forward Khyle Marshall added 18 points and 4 rebounds for Butler, before fouling out during the overtime period. For the second game in a row, Chrabascz scored in double-digit figures for the second straight game, finishing with a career-high 14 points and adding six rebounds, including five rebounds on the offensive end.

The Bulldogs will continue BIG EAST play on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at #23 Creighton.

Contact: Mike Murtaugh (mmurtaug@butler.edu)