In a back-and-forth rematch of November's Battle 4 Atlantis showdown, Georgetown's Isaac Copeland sealed a 61-59 victory over the visiting Butler Bulldogs with a huge three at the five second-mark. We'll break down what this meant for each team in the coming week, but for now, here's three things you need to know:
1. Georgetown's late-game heroics
After Roosevelt Jones put the Bulldogs ahead by one with 12.5 seconds remaining, Butler head coach Chris Holtmann called one of his final timeouts to help the team regroup for what should have been the game's final possession. This, however, gave the Hoyas, who were all out of timeouts, time to draw up something of their own offensively. The Bulldogs came out stacking the paint, most likely trying to control for players like D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (14 points, four rebounds, three assists) or Jabril Trawick (ten points, two rebounds, six assists), leaving freshman Isaac Copeland wide open in the corner. Once the ball found its way to Copeland, Butler's Kameron Woods wasn't even close to him, and the rest was history. On the ensuing drive, Jones brought the ball up for one final shot attempt, which was blocked by Smith-Rivera as the clock expired. These teams are now 1-1 against each other, and the Hoyas sure closed things out tonight.
2. Roosevelt Jones carries the Butler offense
For the second straight game, Jones was an offensive juggernaut for the Bulldogs. He dropped a season-high 28 points tonight on a hyper-efficient 12 of 18 shooting performance, taking it to the rack with no regard for the Georgetown interior defenders. Considering that the Hoyas had 350-pound behemoth Joshua Smith manning the middle for most of the game, that says something about Jones' ability as a scorer. Kellen Dunham was the only other player to score in double digits for the Bulldogs, but he essentially disappeared in the second half and even took an extended break on the bench while freshman Kelan Martin had his shot falling. The Bulldogs made some mistakes down the stretch tonight, but Jones was flawless.
3. Offensive balance for the Hoyas
Four Georgetown players scored in double digits, and while Smith did most of the heavy lifting towards the beginning of the game and Smith-Rivera cleaned up near the end, it was Jabril Trawick that really sparked things in the second half offensively. Trawick was tremendous tonight at getting to the rim, and used his athleticism to his advantage. The Hoyas run a really fun offense that has a lot of great ball movement, and it pays off with well-rounded performances like this. It was close, but the Hoyas were the better team tonight.