Greg Malinowski led the Georgetown Hoyas (11-3) over the Butler Bulldogs (9-5) at Hinkle Fieldhouse with a score of 84-76. Malinowski set his career high with 26 points, including hitting 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. Patrick Ewing had his squad prepared offensively and defensively for a tough road BIG EAST opener. The Hoyas played with confidence, shared the ball, and even appeared to communicate fairly well on defending many screens. Other BIG EAST foes have to be concerned with the depth Georgetown displayed, even without Trey Mourning and Mac McClung.
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The senior guard hit 10 of 12 shots from the field, grabbed six rebounds and dished four assists...
Malinowski contributed a layup as the Hoyas scored the final six points of the first half to take a 40-38 lead at intermission, then scored the first six of the second half to stretch the lead. His 3 with 15:42 to go pushed the Georgetown lead to 10 points, 51-41. Butler rallied to cut the deficit to four, 57-53, but Malinowski hit a 3 and a jumper, and his 3 with 4:47 left made it 74-62.
”I haven’t scored this many points since a high school game.” Malinowski said. “I was just making sure I was coming hard off screens because that’s really my game. I have worked hard at that the last two years, and we work on it every day in practice.” ...
“I just wanted to come in and give the team a spark,” Malinowski said. “Really, I just came in and wanted to be a good all-around player. We have a deep team, and today it was my day. I was able to give our team a spark and helped us win the game.”
In the second half, Georgetown started running away with about ten minutes left as Malinowski came alive again. Butler began pressing with a few minutes left and cut the lead to six with just under two minutes left, but Georgetown was able to make enough free throws to hang on. Malinowski finished with 26 points and Govan and LeBlanc combined for 29 points and six blocks.
Butler loses Big East opener at home to Georgetown, 84-76https://t.co/nFOXw9pXa1— CBS4 Indy (@CBS4Indy) January 3, 2019
However, Malinowski ruined Butler’s Big East basketball opener Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 26 points in an 84-76 victory that ended the Bulldogs’ nine-game home winning streak. The Hoyas built a 17-point lead with less than 3 minutes left before an 11-0 flurry pulled Butler within 79-73 with 1:21 left. The Hoyas (11-3) shot 12-of-22 on 3-pointers, featuring 6-of-7 by Malinowski. Jesse Govan added 17 points.
GEORGETOWN 84, BUTLER 76: ... Jessie Govan added 17 points and Josh LeBlanc and James Akinjo each contributed 12 for Georgetown (11-3). Kamar Baldwin scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Butler (9-5).
Losing to struggling Georgetown in the Big East opener at Hinkle Fieldhouse certainly doesn’t help. Butler had no answer for senior guard Greg Malinowski. The transfer from William & Mary, who came in averaging just over five points a game was on fire, shooting 10-12 for the game, 6-7 from three-point range to score a career high 26 points, as the Hoyas led from nearly start to finish in an 84-76 win over the Dawgs.
Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing [on] his team’s win:
“We made the right plays at the right time. Greg [Malinowski] was able to knock down key baskets for us, key threes, also rebounding the basketball … The entire team did what they needed to do to help us get the win.”
On the Big East conference: “You have some good teams in the league. … But just like last year anything is possible. The bottom teams can beat the great teams.”
Sellout crowd hitting the exits early here at Hinkle.— Shooter Flatch (@HinkleHangover) January 3, 2019
Almost without exception, the flow of this game could be traced to how effectively Butler was guarding. The Bulldogs would pick up the intensity and cut into the deficit, only to get lax again and have the Hoyas build their lead back up.
Georgetown, and specifically Greg Malinowski, who scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, wasn’t making difficult shots that were impossible to guard. The Hoyas just capitalized on the Bulldogs’ defensive deficiencies. Butler needs to make some significant adjustments to its defensive game plan after giving up 161 points in its last two games.
This isn’t The Butler Way. This is embarrassing— Fake Brad Stevens (@FakeBradStevens) January 3, 2019
The GU lead would swell to as many as 16 with less than three minutes to play before a frantic Bulldog comeback closed the gap by 10 points in just 1:24. Butler’s junior guard Kamar Baldwin, their leading scorer who the Hoyas generally kept in check, would miss a jumper that could have brought the hosts within four at 0:43... Despite the Hoyas’ elite offensive performance on a night during which they shot 12-of-22 from deep and 52.9 percent overall, ... the Hoyas converted only 18-of-32 attempts at the free throw line, with LeBlanc going 2-for-9. 2017 Big East All-Freshman Jamorko Pickett’s struggles continued, as he was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting.
The Good: Georgetown shot 55 percent from 3-point range— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) January 3, 2019
The Bad: Hoyas just 56 percent from the line
The Ugly: Butler out rebounded Georgetown 43-34 and it was 15-5 on the offensive glass