INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The #18/18 Butler Bulldogs, fresh off a win over #1/1 Villanova, hit the road to face the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday. Butler escaped the nation’s capital with an 85-76 overtime win. The Bulldogs placed five players in double figures to improve to 14-2 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play. Georgetown falls to 8-8 (0-4).
The Bulldogs came through with a gutsy performance at the Verizon Center, overcoming a 25-of-64 (39.1%) shooting performance, including 10-of-20 (50%) from three and sank 25-of-29 (86.2%) at the free throw line.
“We knew we were facing a good team that would come at us,” said Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann. “Georgetown set the tone with their physicality in the first half. It wasn’t always how we wanted it to be, but on the road you have to weather it. We were able to make those plays down the stretch.”
Butler turned a one-point halftime deficit into a seven-point advantage at the 10:33 mark of the second half. A few minutes later, two free throws by redshirt senior PG Tyler Lewis would give the Bulldogs a 63-57 lead. However, Butler would not score over the next four minutes as Georgetown rattled off a 9-0 run to take a 66-63 lead.
A three by sophomore C Nate Fowler at the top of the key tied the game at 66 with 54 seconds on the clock. Georgetown took control the lead with two free throws with 37 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession, Butler missed a shot as the shot clock ran down, but Fowler was able to battle for the offensive rebound and was fouled. He knocked down the two free throws to tie the game at 68.
Butler was able to contest an attempt at the horn by junior G L.J. Peak to force overtime
Thirteen of Butler’s 17 points in the extra session came at the free throw line as Georgetown went 3-of-11 (27.3%) from the field in the extra five minutes and was forced to foul repeatedly.
Freshman G Kamar Baldwin led Butler with 16 points and four steals. This was the second time this season that the Bulldogs had five players in double figures. Junior F Kelan Martin had his ninth career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Fowler, redshirt senior G Kethan Savage and senior F Andrew Chrabascz each added 11.
The Bulldogs won the battle of the boards, 42-36. Butler had 12 turnovers but none came during the overtime session.
The game featured 16 lead changes and eight ties.
Peak led Georgetown with 21 points and Jagan Mosely added 20. Butler held Rodney Pryor scoreless. Pryor entered the contest tied for the BIG EAST lead in scoring. The Hoyas shot 43 percent.
Butler returns to action Wednesday, traveling to Creighton. The 9 p.m. (Eastern, 8 p.m. Omaha/Central) will air nationally on FS1.
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