INDIANAPOLIS - Junior forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) tied a career-high 27 points as he led a quartet of Hoyas in double figures as Georgetown held off a Butler comeback to clinch an 87-83 road win on Tuesday. With the win at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Georgetown improves to 15-10 overall with a 5-9 record in BIG EAST play, while Butler slips to 17-10 on the year with a 7-7 record in league action.
"We've lost six or seven games when we've had the lead," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said after the game. "If my team hasn't learned from that yet, then we aren't going to learn anything. I thought we showed some resiliency and were able to make plays at the end both offensively and defensively."
Derrickson's 27, bolstered by 11-of-13 shooting including a perfect 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc, tied his career high that he set earlier this season at home against St. John's. Graduate student Trey Dickerson (Queens, N.Y./God's Academy [Texas]/South Dakota) poured in 18 points, his best effort at Georgetown, while junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) tallied his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and a team-leading 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) rounded out those in double figures with 10 points of his own.
Georgetown shot 58.8 percent for the game, including a 47.1 mark from 3-point land. The Hoyas outrebounded the Bulldogs, 32-30.
Georgetown opened the scoring early on a Govan layup off a dish from senior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany). Despite five unanswered from Butler, Georgetown went on a 9-0 run fueled entirely by the junior class in a Govan bucket and a dunk from forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) sandwiched between a Derrickson jumper and trey, giving the Hoyas the 11-5 advantage.
Another five-straight from Derrickson pushed the Hoyas ahead, 18-7, for a double-digit lead. Butler's perimeter play started to get hot as the Bulldogs staged a 12-4 run to cut the deficit to three, 22-19. Derrickson broke up the run with a traditional three-point play as the Hoyas took the 25-19 lead. Dickerson nailed a 3-pointer but Butler strung together a layup and a trey to pull within two, 30-28. Dickerson managed a layup and another triple as GU took a 35-30 advantage.
A jumper from Govan rattled the rim and went in and on the next possession, Dickerson tallied another bucket as GU led 39-32. Pickett was credited with the last five points of the half on a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer as Georgetown went into the break with the 44-39 advantage.
Out of the break, Georgetown scored first but Butler quickly had an answer, hitting a layup to pull within four, 45-41. However, Georgetown's defense would force the Bulldogs into a cold spell from the field as Georgetown took advantage with layups from Mulmore and Derrickson to take the 10-point advantage, 52-42.
Pickett nailed a 3-pointer before the teams would go back and forth but six unanswered from the Bulldogs cut the deficit to eight, 58-50, prompting the GU timeout. Dickerson tallied another bucket at 12:34 before a Derrickson trey to move the lead back into double figures, 63-50. As the game went back and forth, Georgetown maintained the double-digit lead until just shy of five minutes in regulation. 79-71.
Even though the game went to the charity stripe with late fouls, it was Dickerson with the layup at 3:13 to extend the lead to nine, 83-75. However, six-straight points from Butler cut the lead to three, 84-81, prompting another Hoya timeout. Derrickson dished it to Mulmore, who drew the foul, and hit a pair of free throws with 1:05 on the clock to make it a two-possession game. It would be too much for Butler to overcome as the Hoyas closed the game with the 87-83 victory.
Butler shot 47.0 percent for the game. Kelan Martin led the team with 22 points.
Georgetown will return to the District and take a week off before hosting No. 4/4 Xavier. Tipoff at Capital One Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be shown live on FS1/FSN. The game can be heard locally on WNEW 99.1 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.