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Butler Bulldogs Fail To Complete Comeback Against Georgetown At Hinkle Fieldhouse

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off two straight losses, hosted the Georgetown Hoyas in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler senior F Kelan Martin scored a team-high 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Hoyas in an 87-83 loss. Butler falls to 17-10 (7-7 BIG EAST) while Georgetown improves to 15-10 (5-9 BIG EAST).

“The team that deserved to win won tonight,” said Butler Head Coach LaVall Jordan. “Georgetown had good energy early and then set the tone in the paint. We were on our heels most of the night. In the second half, we finally picked up our urgency, but we needed that urgency out of the gates.”

Georgetown won the tip and scored on the opening possession with a layup from junior C Jessie Govan. A steal by sophomore G Kamar Baldwin on the second Georgetown possession led to a jumper by senior F Kelan Martin to tie the game at 2-2 with 18:40 remaining in the first half. An And-1 three-point play from senior F Tyler Wideman on a layup underneath gave Butler a 5-2 lead with 17:43 remaining in the first half. The Hoyas responded with a 9-0 run that ended with a three from junior F Marcus Derrickson to give Georgetown an 11-5 lead with 15:33 remaining in the first half. After a missed And-1 free throw by Wideman, Georgetown went on a 7-0 run that again ended with a second three from Marcus Derrickson to extend the lead to 18-7 at the 14:00 first half mark. Thankfully for the Bulldogs, freshman F Christian David came off the bench and made an immediate impact. After a three from the wing, David hit a second three from the corner that resulted in an And-1 four-point play. The seven straight points from David trimmed the Georgetown lead to 18-14 with 12:50 remaining in the first half. Following a Georgetown layup, sophomore G Henry Baddley hit a corner three to cut the lead to 20-17 at the 11:43 first half mark. An And-1 from Marcus Derrickson and a three from graduate G Trey Dickerson helped Georgetown take a 30-23 lead with 8:51 remaining in the first half. But the Bulldogs responded with five straight points, including a three from Kelan Martin to trim the lead to 30-28 at the 7:45 first half mark. A second Dickerson three gave the Hoyas a 35-30 lead with 5:41 remaining before halftime. Free throws from freshman G Jamorko Pickett gave the Hoyas a seven point lead at 41-34 with 2:22 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs once again trimmed the lead to two with five straight points, including a three from redshirt sophomore F Sean McDermott, but the Hoyas responded with a Pickett three to close the half at 44-39.

The Bulldogs finished the first half shooting 46.9% (15-32) from the field, including 38.5% (5-13) from three. The Hoyas finished at 60% (18-30) from the field, including 45.5% (5-11) from three.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Senior Forward Tyler Wideman

A free throw by Jessie Govan opened the second half scoring before a layup from redshirt junior G Paul Jorgensen cut the lead to 45-41 with 18:47 remaining. Georgetown responded with a 10-1 run that ended on a three by Jamorko Pickett to give the Hoyas a 55-42 lead with 14:47 remaining. An And-1 three-point play extended the lead to 15 after a Kelan Martin jumper to 58-44 with 14:04 remaining. The Bulldogs scored the next six points with the help of back-to-back steals to cut the lead back down to single digits at 58-50 with 13:09 remaining. But Georgetown scored the next five, including a third three from Marcus Derrickson that brought the lead to 63-50 at the 11:54 second half mark. Minutes later, the Hoyas made back-to-back trips to the charity stripe as a pair of free throws by junior G/F Kaleb Johnson extended the lead back to 14 at 70-56 with 9:27 remaining. A three from sophomore G Jagan Mosely grew the Georgetown lead to a new high 15 at 75-60 with 7:32 remaining before Kelan Martin responded with an And-1 three-point play on a layup. A Govan jumper gave Georgetown a 14 point lead before Butler came up with a 8-1 run with the help of another back-to-back steals effort. The run brought the game to 80-73 with 4:08 remaining. A Dickerson layup extended the lead to nine at 84-75 with 3:13 remaining before the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to trim the lead to 84-81 with 1:27 remaining. Both teams traded a pair of free throws to bring the lead to 86-83 with 0:52 remaining. The Bulldogs forced a miss and took possession with 0:25 remaining and a chance to tie or trim the lead. Unfortunately, a Kamar Baldwin three with 0:08 missed and the Bulldogs fouled with 0:05 remaining. A free throw brought the final 87-83 score as a the second attempt missed and the Bulldogs failed on a half court shot attempt.

The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 47% (31-66) from the field, including 22.7% (5-22) from three. Georgetown finished at 58.8% (30-51) from the field, including 47.1% (8-17) from three. Butler shot a better free throw percentage at 84.2% (16-19) compared to Georgetown at 65.5% (19-29).

Butler committed only nine turnovers in the game, but made only 5-of-22 from behind the arc, which was uncharacteristic for a Butler team that had made 10 or more three-pointers in five of its last six games. The Bulldogs were out-rebounded 32-30.

Senior F Kelan Martin led Butler with 22 points and eight rebounds. He became the 41st player in the history of the BIG EAST Conference to eclipse 1,000 career points in conference games.

Senior F Tyler Wideman scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Sophomore G Kamar Baldwin finished with 16 points, six rebounds, a game-high three steals, and tied a career-high with a game-high seven assists.

Derrickson’s game-high 27 points highlighted the Georgetown effort. Jessie Govan had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Trey Dickerson came off the bench for 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

The Bulldogs continue their final homestand of the season on Saturday, hosting Providence at Noon. Tickets are still available for the game that will air on FOX. Senior Night is scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 20) when Creighton visits Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Christopher Fultz is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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