Georgetown Falls Short to Butler in Double-Overtime Nail-biter, 91-89

Dec. 27, 2017

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WASHINGTON - For the third year in a row, Georgetown and Butler went into extra minutes in the District in a game that was tied nine times and had five lead changes. With 2.7 seconds on the clock in the second overtime, Butler's Kelan Martin nailed a jump shot to seal the 91-89 win. With the loss the Hoyas slip to 10-2 on the year and open BIG EAST play with a 0-1 record. Butler improves to 11-3 on the season, with a 1-0 record in conference play.

"It's a game we should've won," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said. "We can't keep giving games away. It was a big game for us. It's back to the drawing board. We have to grow with our young guys but we can't keep making the same mistakes."

A Butler tip-in as time expired in regulation sent both teams into overtime tied at 75. Senior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) floated the ball in the basket to open the extra stanza but the Bulldogs would even up the game at 77. The crowd roared as junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) hit an open dunk and a stop on the other end of the court kept the momentum with the Blue & Gray. Junior forward Marcus Derrickson's (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) turnaround move under the basket extended the lead to four, 81-77, with 1:57 on the clock. However, Butler would tie the game again and both teams traded free throws down the stretch to send the affair to its second overtime.

Junior forward Kaleb Johnson's (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) tip-in with the shot clock winding down gave the Hoyas the first score of the second overtime frame but Butler answered right back with a bucket. The Bulldogs took their first lead in either overtime period on a layup but on GU's possession, Derrickson drew the foul and hit both of his free throws to tie the game back up. The next time down the floor, it was Govan who hit two free throws to give the Hoyas the 89-87 lead, but Butler would come right back with a floater, tying the game with less than a minute left in the frame and eventually setting up Martin for the winning shot.

Derrickson recorded a double-double with a team-best 23 points and 11 rebounds, while also adding three blocks, three steals and a pair of assists. Govan also tallied a double-double with 19 points and a game-best 13 boards. Freshman guard Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) added 17 points to go with three assists and two rebounds. Mulmore paced the offense with five assists.

For the game, GU shot 41.5 percent and managed an 80 percent clip from the charity stripe, hitting 28-of-35 free throws. The Hoyas outrebounded the Bulldogs, 45-37, and Georgetown's bench provided 28 points to Butler's eight.

The Blue & Gray opened the game with a 6-2 lead with Derrickson scoring all six points behind a pair of buckets and two free throws. It would be a Govan layup followed by a three-point play from freshman guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Prep [Va.]) to give the Hoyas the early seven-point edge, 11-4. Georgetown extended the lead to 25-11 on an 8-0 run that was capped by Govan's seemingly impossible bucket, a Bulldog turnover and a layup from freshman guard Antwan Walker (Washington, D.C./Hargrave Military Academy [Va.]).

As the teams went back and forth, a Govan layup gave the Hoyas the 19-point lead, 33-14. Consecutive Butler baskets cut the lead to 15, but Derrickson would score the next five points for the Hoyas to keep the Blue & Gray comfortably in control of the game. Derrickson grabbed a board and dished the ball to Blair, who took a step back, and drained a deep two to take the 20-point lead, 42-22. The Bulldogs made one last layup and the Hoyas went into the break with the 42-24 lead.

Butler started the second half with a burst of energy, going on a 12-5 run to put a dent in the deficit, 47-36. The Bulldogs continued to chip away at the lead and cut it to single digits, 49-40, with 13:16 on the clock. Despite a six-minute span where the Hoyas couldn't find the bottom of the net, the Blue & Gray managed point production from the free throw line to hold on to the lead. A commanding dunk from Govan ended the field goal drought and pushed the Hoyas ahead, 55-45, with 11:01 to play.

Derrickson hit a deep 3-pointer to push the GU lead to 13, 60-47, but Butler went on a 17-6 run to close within two, 66-64, but a Mulmore trey kept the pressure on Butler and pushed the lead to five. The Bulldogs answered with a bucket of their own and kept it a one-possession game, 69-66, with 3:39 left in regulation.

Mulmore hit the front end of a pair of free throws to take the 70-66 lead but the Hoyas would go scoreless for the next two minutes and Butler took its first lead of the game, 71-70, with 1:28 on the clock on a fadeaway jumper. The Hoyas looked to Derrickson, who hit the clutch 3-pointer to regain the lead, 73-71, with 53.6 on the clock. Butler knotted the game at 73 on a pair of free throws and with seven seconds left, Govan nailed the jump shot to take the lead, but a last-second tip-in from Butler sent the game to overtime.

For the game, Butler shot 47.9 percent from the floor. Butler's Kamar Baldwin and Martin led the Bulldogs with 31 and 27 points, respectively.

Georgetown hits the road for a pair of BIG EAST matchups, first at Marquette on Saturday, Dec. 30, with a 4:30 p.m. ET tipoff. The game will be aired live on FS1. The game can be heard locally on WJFK 106.7 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.



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