Feb. 27, 2016
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WASHINGTON -- Georgetown trailed by nine at halftime, fell behind by double digits in the second half, used a 14-0 run to take the lead back and fell behind by 16 points before using a rally in the final minutes to tie the game and send it to overtime. However, Butler hit four free throws in the final minute as the Hoyas lost on Senior Day, 90-87, at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
The Hoyas fall to 14-15 overall and 7-9 in the BIG EAST with the loss, the team's fourth straight and the seventh in the last eight games.
Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 26 points, grabbed four rebounds and had four assists to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) added 14 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals before fouling out.
GU took a brief lead, 54-52, midway through the second half, but a 16-0 Butler run put the Hoyas behind, 68-54. The Blue & Gray trailed by as many 12 points in the waning minutes, but kept chipping away. Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) was fouled taking a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left and hit all three free throws to tie the game at 80, sending it to overtime.
In OT, the Hoyas jumped out to an 82-80 lead on a pair of free throws from Smith-Rivera. However, he was called for his fifth foul with 3:47 left in the period. Eventually, the Bulldogs tied the game at 83 on a jumper from Kelan Martin, and then took the lead for good on a free throw from Kellen Dunham, who finished with a game-high 29 points. After two more Dunham free throws gave the visitors an 86-83 lead with just over a minute left, the Hoyas twice made it a one-point game. However, Butler hit four of six free throws in the final minute to hold off the Blue & Gray.
Prior to the game, Head Coach John Thompson III and the athletics department honored five seniors who took part in their last regular season game at Verizon Center: Managers Benjamin Coen and Christian Keenum; guards Riyan Williams (Dunkirk, Md./Archbishop Carroll [D.C.]) and Smith-Rivera; and center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood).
Georgetown plays its final two games of the regular season next week, starting with a matchup at Marquette on Tuesday, March 1. Tipoff at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee is slated for 9 p.m. (ET). The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery calling the action. The game can be heard locally on 99.1 FM WNEW.