The Georgetown Hoyas (5-7) beat the #19 Butler Bulldogs (7-6) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Q1A road win is very significant for Georgetown’s tournament resume, as well their hopes in the BIG EAST standings. There was a hot start, some “next-man-up” action, and an unexpected scoring leader in Terrell Allen.
Also, this road win earned Patrick Ewing his third ranked win this season (Texas, Creighton) and fifth ranked win of his college coaching career (Villanova, Marquette last year). For a dude who spent some of thsi week scouting future talent, Pat and the staff had their Hoyas prepared and psyched for this ranked road battle. As it looks right now, the Hoyas will have at least three more chances this season against ranked teams: Marquette and Creighton (away), Villanova (home).
Butler may have been missing their point guard, Aaron Thompson, but this win is helping to shape the Hoya-fan conversation from “Can the Hoyas get 4 wins in the last 7 games?” to “These Hoyas might be able to take 10 conference wins!” We’ll see.
Continuing the trend at Hinkle and shooting 66.6% from three was the headline for the Hoyas, but Georgetown looked prepared and solid throughout the game. With Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven not playing, Butler may not have had time to to scout but their defense wasn’t giving anything away with their zone. Georgetown got some solid inside-outside shots from Jahvon Blair, Jagan Mosely (5 assists), Jamorko Pickett, and Allen. At times, the penetrating, weaving, and dishing was reminiscent of Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, and Jason Clark sticking it to the Syracuse zone.
Terrell Allen's 22 points ties his career high.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) February 15, 2020
He had 22 vs St. Joe's on 11-16-18 for UCF.
It's just his third 20 point game in 121 college games (Drexel, UCF, Georgetown).
It was definitely the Terrell Allen Game. Not only were Terrell Allen’s 22 points (9-14 FG, 4-4 3PT) certainly important for Georgetown outscoring Butler, but his performance was a vital reiteration for future guard commits and recruits that Ewing’s floor generals are more than encouraged to be aggressive when playing within the game.
Tyler Beard, Dante Harris, and other guard recruits likely noticed that Patrick Ewing is not just looking to make stars out of shooting guards and centers. Even though he picks his spots to pour it on, Terrell Allen is more than just an assist machine.
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The Hoyas (15-10, 5-7 Big East) were missing injured starters Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven, but Allen hit the game’s first shot and stayed hot to keep the visitors ahead for much of the game. He hit 9 of 14 field goal attempts, including all four 3-point attempts, as Georgetown improved to 6-1 lifetime at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Butler (19-7, 7-6) struggled without injured point guard Aaron Thompson but gradually erased an early nine-point deficit and pulled to within 61-60 with 3:46 remaining.
That’s when Allen stepped up again with a pull-up jumper in the paint, then his final 3-pointer, from the left wing, gave Georgetown a 66-60 lead with 1:28 remaining.
Hoyas earn a Big East Road win! https://t.co/7bBLUf6m1d— Hoya Hoop Club (@HoyaHoopClub) February 15, 2020
Baldwin hit a jumper to tie the game at 47 with 9:18 remaining. Allen drained a 3-pointer to hand the Hoyas a 55-53 lead at the 6:44 mark.
Less than two minutes later, Jagan Mosely added a layup to extend the Hoyas’ lead to 59-55.
McDermott canned a 3-pointer to lower the deficit to 61-60, but Allen answered with a jumper to extend the lead to 63-60. Allen then hit a 3-pointer from the corner to increase the advantage to 66-60 with 1:28 left. Mosely made two free throws with 21 seconds left to ice a rare conference road win for the Hoyas.
The Bulldogs missed seven straight shots and endured a 3:33 scoreless drought until Baldwin buried a jumper with 13 seconds remaining.
"If you weren’t proud of the Hoyas already, now is the time to get on board."— Thompson’s Towel (@ThompsonsTowel) February 15, 2020
Read our postgame recap after the shorthanded Hoyas leave Indianapolis with an incredible road victory over #19 Butler:https://t.co/nm1GVgJ0fP
As a team, the Hoyas shot 52% from the field including an incredible 58% against a half court defense like Butler’s. They were even better from beyond the arc, knocking down 10 of the 15 3-pointers they took. Some of them were contested and they just knocked down shots but the Bulldogs weren’t great in the half court defensively like they have been all year.
More specifically, the Hoyas had four players averaging less than 10 points per game step up and finish in double digits. Terrell Allen has been trending in the right direction the last couple of weeks, scoring in double figures each of his last three games coming into today. The graduate transfer scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in what head coach Patrick Ewing called the best game he had seen Allen play.
Behind Allen, Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett combined for 28 points and 10 rebounds. Qudus Wahab finished with 11 points and seven rebounds; the freshman played his most minutes of the season and came up big in Yurtseven’s absence.
"Back when I was playing, Coach Thompson always talked about the junkyard dog. Well we played like some junkyard dogs today."@TheAndyKatz caught up with @CoachEwing33 after @GeorgetownHoops' big win over Butler. pic.twitter.com/jrSVfZl9k2— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) February 15, 2020
McDermott missed his first six 3-point attempts but finally made one to send Butler ahead 50-47 with 8:45 left. The Hoyas took the lead for good, 55-53, on Allen’s 3 out of a loose-ball scrum with 6:42 left.
Butler trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but closed within 32-31 on Tucker’s fourth 3-pointer just before the buzzer. Baldwin delivered his fourth assist. Tucker made all four of his 3s in the closing 6:05 of the half...
Georgetown broke to an 11-2 lead before four minutes had elapsed. The Bulldogs tied the score at 22 and 25 but trailed at halftime for the eighth time this season. They are 2-6 in games in which they trailed at the half.
Wanna talk me into Patrick Ewing as the Big East Coach of the Year, go for it.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) February 15, 2020
All those departures. Now 3 insane wins over last 4 games. Lone loss a tight one at SH. Twice rallied from 10+ deficits. Won all 3 without McClung. No Yurtseven meant only 5 regulars today @ Butler.
Point guard Terrell Allen, involved in a scuffle between the teams in the closing seconds, led the Hoyas (15-10, 5-7 Big East) with 22 points, and Jahvon Blair added 16 points to give Georgetown a split in the regular season series... Georgetown has six more regular season games, three against ranked opponents...
Ewing deployed essentially a six-player rotation against Butler, with Qudus Wahab replacing Yurtseven. Three Georgetown starters played 40 minutes, and another, Jamorko Pickett, played 37.
In a postgame interview, Ewing said John Thompson Jr. used to talk about junkyard dogs when he coached the Hoyas.
Butler’s seniors will end careers having never beaten Georgetown at home— 7CitiesProAM Super (@SuperEricRogers) February 15, 2020
“We’re a hard-working team,” Allen said. “We go out there and fight every single night. We know our (roster) numbers are down, but our minutes are all up and we’re all producing and we all know what we need out of each other” ...
“We struggled to get stops,” Tucker said. “Even when we were scoring, it was like they had an answer back every time” ...
“They deserved to win the game,” he said of the Hoyas. “They had guys out, we had guys out, and they were more prepared. So we have to do a better job of being more focused — that’s on us as coaches — and play harder.”
Butler let the hype get to its head. Well, read this: That loss to Georgetown was embarrassing: https://t.co/HZUJsfCZp4— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) February 15, 2020
Thanks in large part to strong perimeter shooting, Georgetown got off to another strong start against the Bulldogs. In Washington D.C. on Jan. 28, the Hoyas knocked down just shy of half of their first half field goal attempts...
Butler couldn’t slow the Hoyas’ offense in the second half. Georgetown was 14-of-24 – 58% – from the field in the final 20 minutes, while the Bulldogs shot just 41%. “We never adjusted,” Butler head coach LaVall Jordan said postgame. “You can say it all you want, you have to do it and execute. We’ve got to have a better plan” ...
LaVall Jordan said that the Hoyas controlled the game from the outset. “They were more prepared … they were more focused,” Jordan said. “That’s on us as coaches. And they played harder. … The toughest team set the rules from the start.”