Feb 2, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs forward Roosevelt Jones (21) guards Georgetown Hoyas guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (4). Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Georgetown Rallies in Late Minutes, but Falls to Butler, 87-76

Feb. 2, 2016

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Indianapolis, Ind. - Georgetown trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, but used a late run to get within six points in the final two minutes before falling short at Butler, 87-76, in a BIG EAST Conference game at Hinkle Fieldhouse Tuesday night.

It was the fourth loss in the last six games as Georgetown falls to 13-10 overall and 6-4 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Butler improves to 15-7 overall and 4-6 in league play.

Sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored a season-high 22 points to lead Georgetown, while senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) added 21 points and seven assists and senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) added 12 points and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]) chipped in 11 points and three rebounds.

The Hoyas trailed 69-53 with 5:05 to play before embarking on a 21-11 run 3:34 and pulled to within six points, 80-74, on a conventional three-point play from Copeland with 1:11 left. GU had a chance to cut the lead to four points, but Butler rebounded a missed Copeland shot with 50 seconds left and hit five of six free throws to seal the win.

Georgetown trailed by nine at the break, 40-31, and a trey from Smith-Rivera made it 42-34, but Butler went on an 8-0 run and took its biggest lead 50-34 on a jumper from Kelan Martin with 14:55 to play.

Trailing 54-38 after a basket from Butler's Kellen Dunham with 10:14 left in the game, An 8-2 run from the Hoyas, capped by a conventional three-point play from Hayes with 11:41 to play, pulled Georgetown to within 10 points, 56-46. The lead was still 10 points, 58-48, after a jumper from Copeland, but free throws from Roosevelt Jones and a four-point play from Dunham pushed the lead back to 16 points, 64-48, with 7:49 left.

The Hoyas jumped out to an early 9-5 lead, using a 7-0 run keyed by a 3-pointer from freshman forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./Carlisle School) and baskets from Hayes and Smith-Rivera. Butler responded and took an 18-9 lead on a 13-0 run, aided by three 3-pointers from Keilen Marin.

Georgetown pulled to within eight points, 21-13, on a baseline jumper from Johnson with 11:58 to play was down nine points, 30-21, after a Smith-Rivera layup with 4:50 left. Down 34-25 after a Hayes jumper with 2:09 left, the Bullodgs scored six-straight points and took a 40-25 lead on free throws from Martin with 1:48 on the clock. A dunk from Copeland and two baskets from Peak closed out the half with a 6-0 run for the Hoyas as they went in trailing 40-31.

Georgetown closes out a two-game road swing on Saturday, February 6, visiting Seton Hall. Tipoff at the Prudential Center is slated for 9 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network, with Andrew Catalon calling the play-by-play and Steve Lappas serving as the color analyst. The game can be heard locally on 106.7 FM WJFK The Fan.

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