It took overtime to settle the score, but Butler survived their road test in D.C., handing the Georgetown Hoyas yet another loss.
This time around, it was to the tune of 85-76, as the Hoyas fall to 0-4 in Big East play while Butler has rallied to win their last three Big East games after opening with a loss to St. John’s.
The game wasn’t played at the most blistering of paces from a points perspective. The halftime score was merely 32-31 in favor of the Hoyas, and the teams combined for just 73 points in the second half before the final five minute period. The ‘Dawgs outscored Georgetown 17-8 in the extra frame, seizing full control and hardly being tested.
The road victory for the Bulldogs is their first since November 28 when they took down the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City. They had previously lost to the Indiana State Sycamores and the aforementioned Red Storm in their last two road contests.
Freshman wing Kamar Baldwin led the way with 16 points on the afternoon. Kelan Martin, Kethan Savage, Nate Fowler and Andrew Chrabascz joined Baldwin in double figures, scoring 13, 11, 11 and - you guessed it - 11 points respectively.
Georgetown meanwhile finds themselves in a whale of a predicament as they are without a victory so far in league play. Much of the struggles on Saturday can be gathered around the play of Rodney Pryor who had his worst game as a Hoya thus far.
Pryor put up a goose egg, failing to convert on any of his eight field goal attempts but made contributions elsewhere, grabbing three boards, dishing out two assists and grabbing one steal. With that said, Pryor had been Georgetown’s most prodigious offensive threat, so that he couldn’t register a point at all made a major difference in the game.
LJ Peak and Jagan Mosely both were able to get into the 20-point threshold, as Peak dropped 21 while the freshman in Mosely scored a career-high 20. Marcus Derrickson and Bradley Hayes joined Peak and Mosely in double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively.
What we learned
Kamar Baldwin continues to shine
The do-it-all freshman for the Bulldogs led the team in points on Saturday, scoring 16 while shooting a touch under 50 percent. Baldwin was especially great from long range as he went 3-for-4 on 3-point field goals. He chipped in three boards, two assists and two steals as well, finding ways to contribute in nearly every facet of the game. Butler may have a burgeoning youngster on their hands here in Baldwin, and they’ll no doubt appreciate his presence going forward.
The Hoyas are in deep trouble
It’s hard to fathom Georgetown finding a way to dig themselves out of the hole they’ve dug themselves. St. John’s faced a comparable situation back in the 2013-14 season in which they started out 0-5 and finished 10-8 in conference play. With that said, that shouldn’t exactly be the model the Hoyas should want to run with. The Big East is loads more talented and difficult than it was in that season across the board, so to say Georgetown is in deep trouble might be an understatement.
Kelan Martin still needs to figure it out
Butler’s star has been in a shooting slump in the past few games, and it was further compounded with his play on Saturday. Martin scored 11 points but did so on 12 shots and made none of his four 3-point attempts. In total, Kelan shot 3-for-13 from the field, making him 17-for-52 in Big East play thus far. If the ‘Dawgs want to continue to have success this season, Martin’s shooting must improve going forward. It’s as simple as that.