The Butler Bulldogs pull out a close overtime win in D.C. against the Georgetown Hoyas.
Georgetown’s defense kept them in the game with the #18 ranked Dawgs. Butler shot an underwhelming 39% from the field despite a 50% three-point clip.
The Hoyas also limited Butler’s primary offensive weapons. Butler’s leading scorer, Kelan Martin to just 13 points on 23% shooting. Andrew Chrabascz, Butler’s other offensive star was limited to just 11 points in the contest, and was held scoreless in the first half.
Butler did a good job of guarding Georgetown star Rodney Pryor, keeping the typical 20 points-per-game star scoreless for the entirety of the contest. Because basketball is a team sport, this did not take the Hoyas out of contention.
L.J. Peak and Jagan Mosely scored 21 and 20 points for the Hoyas respectively. Sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson also made an impact, scoring 14 points, grabbing five boards and dishing out four assists.
Kamar Baldwin lead the Dawgs in scoring and steals, racking up 16 points and four swipes. Sophomore big man Nate Fowler also had a huge impact on the game, especially late in the contest: knocking down the game tying three and later, game tying free throws to send it to overtime. Fowler finished with 11 points off the bench.
Once again the Dawgs limited a team to under 70 points in regulation, but this time their poor shooting percentage (partially on account of the Hoya’s defense, partially on account of poor shot selection) did not allow them to score their average 77 points per game.
The story of Butler season thus far has been, play fantastically against ranked opponents and at home, and then struggle against weaker teams on the road. This was another example of this strange phenomenon. Especially with a roster that prides themselves on being an experienced bunch, it is about time that the Dawgs figure out how to get a solid win on the road.
Butler takes on #10 Creighton on the road on the 11th in their next game. This could be the perfect time to figure it out.
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