Butler took its first home loss in nearly the last calendar year in front of a sold out Hinkle crowd at the hands of the Georgetown Hoyas.
Butler struggled defensively. Georgetown had three players with at least twenty points. Veteran guard Rodney Pryor had 20 points on 57% shooting. Point guard L.J. Peak had 22 points and six assists on 66% shooting. Georgetown big man Jessie Govan came off of the bench for the Hoyas to score 20 points on 89% shooting. This is not a winning recipe for the Bulldogs.
Butler star Kelan Martin exploded for his first big game in what feels like forever, scoring 22 points. Andrew Chrabascz scored 16, and freshman guard Kamar Baldwin scored 10.
Butler looked good from the field, shooting 55% from the field and 39% from deep. They also finished with an impressive 88% from the freethrow line. Offensively it was a typical night for the Bulldogs, but defensively they were lacking.
At the half, Butler was up one, 41-40. At the start of the half, Rodney Pryor exploded from deep, and the Hoyas started their roll.
Butler’s last home loss was on February, 13th of 2016, nearly an entire year earlier than their disappointing loss against Georgetown.
Once again, Butler struggling to guard skilled perimeter players was the difference maker in the game. The Dawgs will have to regroup defensively if they hope to win against Creighton at home on Tuesday night.
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