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Butler Bulldogs Set to Visit Georgetown

 

BUTLER (13-5, 3-2 BIG EAST) at GEORGETOWN (11-5, 3-2 BIG EAST)
When: Saturday, January 17, 5 p.m. (ET)
Where: Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
TV: FOX Sports 1 (Tim Brando, Bill Raftery)
Radio: 1070 AM/107.5 FM (Mark Minner, Nick Gardner)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs will travel to the east coast for the second time in four days when they visit the Georgetown Hoyas for a BIG EAST Conference game on Saturday, Jan. 17. The two teams will be meeting for the second time this season when they square off at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., at 5 p.m. (ET) in a game that will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

The Bulldogs are coming off their second conference road win of the season, a 79-75 overtime victory at #21 Seton Hall on Tuesday (Jan. 13). The win lifted Butler to 13-5 on the year and 3-2 in the BIG EAST. The 13 wins are one shy of Butler’s entire season total of a year ago, while the two conference road victories match last year’s production. Butler leads the BIG EAST in road wins (3).

Georgetown also picked up a league road win this week with a 78-72 victory at DePaul on Tuesday. The Hoyas stand 11-5 on the year and 3-2 in league play. Butler and Georgetown met in a rare non-conference game between conference foes earlier this season at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Bulldogs won that contest, 64-58, to claim third place in the elite eight-team tournament. The game at Georgetown will be Butler’s fourth road test in six BIG EAST outings this season.

Butler lost a lead late in the second half, regained it in overtime and held on to defeat 21st ranked Seton Hall on Tuesday. It was Butler’s first overtime game of the season and the second straight conference road win for the Bulldogs. Butler rallied from a 32-28 halftime deficit to build as much as an eight-point lead in the second half, but Seton Hall closed with a 14-7 run in the final two minutes to tie the game and send it into overtime. Junior guard Kellen Dunham hit a three-point field goal just over a minute into the extra period to give Butler a 70-67 lead, and the Bulldogs held the upper hand the rest of the way.

Butler improved to 3-2 this season against teams ranked in the “Top 25” with the victory at #21 Seton Hall. The Bulldogs defeated #5/6 North Carolina in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in November and then began January with a win at #15/17 St. John’s. Butler’s “Top 25” losses came to #21 Oklahoma at the Battle 4 Atlantis and at #6/5 Villanova on New Year’s Eve. Butler’s current seniors have six wins over teams ranked in the “Top 25.”

Butler’s offense was fueled at Seton Hall by the one-two punch of junior guards Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham. Jones led the Bulldogs with a season-high 23 points, including 17 in the second half and overtime period. Dunham, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer on the season, added 21 points, his fourth 20-point scoring performance of the year. The two combined for nine of Butler’s 12 points in the overtime period. It was the first time this season that Butler’s had two players score 20 or more points in the same game.

Junior guard Kellen Dunham, who became the 36th Butler player to score 1,000 career points in December, continued his climb on Butler’s all-time scoring list at Seton Hall. Dunham boosted his career scoring total to 1,153 points and moved into the No. 26 spot on the all-time list, ahead of former teammate Andrew Smith (2009-13). The 6-6 guard trails Chris Miskel (1992-96) in the No. 25 position by 17 points. Last year, Dunham ranked seventh in the BIG EAST in scoring (16.4), while becoming just the fifth sophomore in Butler history to score 500 points in a season. Kellen Dunham is currently ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring (16.8). Dunham has hit at least one 3-point field goal in 46 of Butler’s last 50 games. Kellen Dunham is also tied for second in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals (2.4), stands second in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal shooting (45.7%), and stands second in the BIG EAST in free throw shooting (87.4%).

Photo: Butler Athletics/Roosevelt Jones (John Fetcho)
Photo: Butler Athletics/Roosevelt Jones (John Fetcho)

Junior guard Roosevelt Jones posted his highest point total in more than two years with his 23-point performance at Seton Hall. The 6-4 guard hit 9-of-15 shots against the Pirates and 5-of-8 attempts from the free throw line. He also added eight rebounds in the win. Jones, who missed all of last season with a wrist injury, has lifted his scoring and rebounding averages since the start of BIG EAST play. He’s averaging 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in his five conference games. Jones is one of just two players (Kris Dunn of Providence is the other) who rank in the “Top 20” in the BIG EAST in scoring, rebounding and assists. Roosevelt Jones leads the Bulldogs and ranks third in the BIG EAST in minutes played (34.5) and is ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in assists (3.9).

Senior forward Kameron Woods recorded his fourth consecutive game with ten or more rebounds in Butler’s win at Seton Hall. The 6-9 forward led the Bulldogs with 15 boards, including 11 in the second half and overtime period. It was the third-highest single game rebounding total of his Butler career and the ninth time this season that he’s reached double-figures in rebounds. Woods is averaging 10.6 rebounds against BIG EAST foes this season. Kameron Woods leads the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.4). Kameron Woods also leads the BIG EAST and ranks ninth in the NCAA Division I in total rebounds (170), first in the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds (6.2), second in the league in offensive rebounds (3.2), and fourth on Butler’s all-time list for blocked shots (112).

Kameron Woods, one of just nine players in Butler basketball history to record 700 career rebounds, stands in fourth place on Butler’s all-time rebounding list with 789 career boards. Only three players in Butler history have reached 800 career rebounds. Woods, who led the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.0) a year ago, has been Butler’s top rebounder 13 times this year, including ten of the past 13 games. He’s had at least ten rebounds in 29 different games during his Butler career.

Senior point-guard Alex Barlow is ranked second in the BIG EAST and 17th in the NCAA Division I in steals per game (2.33). He’s had at least one steal in 15 of the Bulldogs’ 18 games this season, and he enters this weekend in sixth place on Butler’s all-time list with 155 career thefts, one behind Butler Hall of Fame guard Darrin Fitzgerald (1983-87) in the No. 5 position. Barlow matched the highest single game total in the BIG EAST this season with a career-high seven steals against Providence a week ago. Alex Barlow is ranked seventh in the NCAA Division I in total steals (42).

Sophomore forward Andrew Chrabascz certainly will remember his first visit to the Verizon Center last year. The 6-7 forward, playing in his third collegiate start when Butler played at Georgetown a year ago, responded with a career-high 24 points. He hit 9-of-13 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the game, and he added four rebounds, one assist and one steal in a career-high 34 minutes on the floor.

Butler leads the BIG EAST in rebounding margin (+5.9). The Bulldogs have out-rebounded 14 of 18 opponents this season. Butler leads the BIG EAST in total offensive rebounds (235). The Bulldogs are ranked first in the BIG EAST in team scoring defense (60.2) and second in the league in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.7%).

The Bulldogs will play five of their next six games at home, beginning with a 9 p.m. (ET) contest against Creighton on Wednesday (Jan. 21).

Chris 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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