January 11, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) had a steal and a dunk with 57 seconds to break a 64-all tie and visiting Georgetown held on to beat Butler, 70-67, in front of 9,640 fans at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday night. It was the third win in four games for the Hoyas, who improved to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST, while Butler falls to 10-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 18 points grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists, while senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 15 points and had five rebounds and Bowen finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two key overtime steals.
Georgetown had trailed 60-57 with 12 seconds left in regulation before Starks hit a three-pointer to send it to overtime. Tied at 64-all with a minute remaining in the overtime period, Bowen deflected a pass and Starks picked up the loose ball before sending a pass back to Bowen, who went in for the breakaway dunk, giving the Hoyas the lead for good.
Butler hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 66-65 and GU senior John Caprio (North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), who played a career-high 16 minutes after three players fouled out, hit one of two free throws to make it 67-65 with 34 seconds left. Bowen recorded another steal with 12 seconds left and dished the ball to freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic, who scored on a layup to make it 69-65.
The Bulldogs pulled to within 69-67 on a layup from Andrew Chrabascz, but Starks hit one of two free throws with three seconds left and a last-second attempt from Kellen Dunham was off the mark, giving the Hoyas the thrilling win.
Georgetown had led the entire way before a late run from Butler gave the Bulldogs their first lead with less than four minutes left. The lead changed hands until a three-pointer from Alex Barlow gave Butler a 58-57 lead and two free throws with 24 seconds left made it 60-57. After a timeout with 12 seconds left, Starks hit a three-pointer from the right wing, sending the game to overtime.
Georgetown led by five points at halftime, 34-29, helped by a 23-12 advantage on the boards and scoring 34 points in the paint and pushed the lead to eight points, 43-35, after a three-point play from Smith-Rivera and a layup from senior center Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]). Another basket from Ayegba, gave the Hoyas a 45-37 lead with 13:11 to play in the game.
The scored remained the same for the next four minutes, but the Hoyas took their biggest lead of the game, 50-41, on a three-pointer from Starks with seven minutes to play. Butler then went on a 12-4 run and took its first lead of the game on free throws from Chrabascz with 3:19 to play, 53-52. A layup and a free throw from Bowen gave GU the lead back, 55-53.
The Hoyas led 34-29 at halftime, with Smith-Rivera, who was playing in front of his hometown crowd and had more than 40 family and friends in attendance, scoring 16 points and eight different players scoring baskets.
Georgetown led from the start as freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic), making his first career start, hit a jumper giving the Hoyas a 4-0 lead. The Hoyas pushed the lead to eight points, 11-3, on a three-pointer from Smith-Rivera and continued to lead through the first half, with baskets from Ayegba and Bowen, as well as Caprio. Butler pulled to within three points, 28-25, on a jumper from Dunham, but Hopkins and Smith-Rivera each hit jumpers to pushed the lead back to seven points, 32-25. A jumper from Smith-Rivera with 29 seconds left gave GU a five-point lead at the break.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) added two points, five rebounds and three assists, senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) had six points and three boards and Ayegba tied a career-high with six points and eight rebounds.
Georgetown closes out a three-game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 15, visiting new BIG EAST Conference member Xavier in Cincinnati. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on Fox Sports 1. Fans locally can tune in to Sports Talk 570 AM.