Ge­orge­town wins sec­ond straight over a ranked foe, knock­ing off No. 11 But­ler.

GE­ORGE­TOWN 85, BUT­LER 81 Go­van’s three-pointer helps seal the vic­tory

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY MICHAEL MAROT

indianapolis — Ge­orge­town Coach John Thomp­son III watched anx­iously while his team scram­bled to get in po­si­tion for a shot late in the game.

Even­tu­ally, Jessie Go­van bailed out the Hoyas.

The sopho­more cen­ter hit a three-pointer from NBA range with 1:03 left, and Ge­orge­town pulled out an 85-81 up­set at 11th-ranked But­ler on Saturday night.

Go­van’s un­ex­pected three­p­ointer put the Hoyas ahead by five. He had made just two shots from be­yond the arc in Big East play be­fore Saturday.

“We didn’t have a choice, we had to take that shot,” a re­lieved Thomp­son said. “I’m not go­ing to sit here and say we drew it up like that, but Jessie can make that shot.”

Barely. The shot was so close to the buzzer, the of­fi­cials re­viewed it be­fore ac­tu­ally putting the points on the score­board.

The 6-foot-10 Go­van made all three of his three-point­ers, went 8 of 9 from the field and matched his sea­son high with 20 points.

Ge­orge­town (12-10, 3-6) beat two ranked teams in four days, and in­stead of slip­ping into a tie for last in the league stand­ings, it man­aged to snap the Bull­dogs’ 14-game home win­ning streak and their four-game over­all win­ning streak.

The rea­son: of­fen­sive ef­fi­ciency. The Hoyas shot 72.7 per­cent from the field in the sec­ond half and 63.8 per­cent for the game.

L.J. Peak led the way with 22 points and Rodney Pryor added 20, but it sure wasn’t easy.

“We shot 72 per­cent and they still had a shot to beat us,” Thomp­son said as he rubbed his head. “I think the de­fense has to be bet­ter.”

But­ler Coach Chris Holt­mann said the same thing about his team af­ter watch­ing it trade bas­kets in a tight sec­ond half.

Dur­ing one stretch, Pryor scored 11 straight points for the Hoyas, in­clud­ing three straight three-point­ers on con­tested shots and all af­ter he picked up his fourth foul. Yet af­ter that flurry, Ge­orge­town only led 7265.

The Bull­dogs (18-4, 7-3) an­swered with seven straight points to tie it at 72, then were down 79-77 when the ball ended up in Go­van’s hands with 63 sec­onds to go. Af­ter Go­van made that shot, the Bull­dogs never got an­other chance to tie the score or take the lead.

“We had no an­swer for them, no an­swer,” Holt­mann said. “We need to find a way to play a lot bet­ter than that or it’s go­ing to be a long, long few weeks.”

Ke­lan Martin led the Bull­dogs with 22 points, and An­drew Chrabascz had 16.

Per­haps the Hoyas are on the mend af­ter a rugged first three months.

Ge­orge­town is 3-3 against As­so­ci­ated Press top 25 foes this sea­son and has a chance to get the ship righted with a softer sched­uled loom­ing.


Ge­orge­town’s Rodney Pryor shoots over But­ler’s Ka­mar Bald­win. Pryor scored 20 points in the vic­tory.

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