– Senior Greg Malinowski
(Chantilly, Va. / Episcopal / William & Mary) poured in 26 points including six 3-pointers to lead the Georgetown University men's basketball team past the Butler University Bulldogs 84-76 on Wednesday night. Malinowski led four in double figures at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the Hoyas improved to 11-3 on the season with a 1-0 mark in BIG EAST Conference action. Butler slips to 9-5 on the season and opens league action with a 0-1 record.
"I just wanted to come out and be a spark and do whatever it took to help the team, whether it be shooting or defending or bringing energy or leadership," Malinowski said of his performance.
Malinowski's career night came from 10-of-12 shooting from the field including an impressive 6-of-7 performance from beyond the arc. Senior Jessie Govan
(Queens Village, N.Y. / Wings Academy) added 17 points while freshman Josh LeBlanc
(Baton Rouge, La. / Madison Prep Academy) chipped in 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and classmate James Akinjo
(Oakland, Calif. / Salesian College Preparatory) tallied 12 to round out those in double figures. Malinowski stuffed the stat sheet as he grabbed a team-best seven rebounds and his quartet of assists led the squad.
Georgetown shot 52.9 percent (27 of 51) and the defense forced 15 Bulldog turnovers. Butler had the advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Hoyas 43-35.
Butler pulled out to an early 7-2 advantage but the Hoyas answered right back with 13 unanswered bolstered by back-to-back 3-pointers from Akinjo and Malinowski and the inside play of LeBlanc. The Bulldogs ended the run but the Hoyas kept pushing as Malinowski drove the lane for the layup and a 17-9 GU advantage. As Butler tried to chip away at the deficit, Malinowski continued to provide the daggers on the left side, tallying the next five points on a triple and a jump shot.
The Hoyas were quiet on offense for a stretch but a layup from Grayson Carter
(Dallas, Texas / Denton Guyer) ended the scoring drought and gave the Hoyas a 24-16 cushion. Back-to-back triples from the Bulldogs closed the gap to two, 26-24, and forced the GU timeout. Out of the huddle, the Hoyas could not stop the Bulldogs as they tied the game on a jumper and regained the lead on another trey. However, Jahvon Blair
(Brampton, Ontario / Athlete Institute Prep) had the retort to knot the game at 27.
Both teams traded buckets until Govan tallied his first points of the game with a made jumper and 3-pointer to give the Hoyas the 34-31 advantage. The momentum swung back to the Bulldogs as they went on a 7-0 run but Govan knocked down another triple to pull within one and Malinowski followed up with a layup for the 39-38 lead. Govan hit one more free throw as the Blue & Gray closed the frame on a 6-0 run and took the 40-38 lead into the locker room.
Georgetown started off the second half with a block from Jamorko Pickett
(Washington, D.C. / Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) and LeBlanc threw down the dunk on the other end to finish the play. The Hoyas sunk four free throws to take the 46-38 lead as GU held Butler scoreless for more than three minutes to open the stanza. Butler nailed a jumper but a Govan jumper pushed the advantage to 48-40.
Akinjo found the bottom of the net from downtown for Georgetown to take the 10-point lead but Butler's cut it back to seven, 51-44. The Blue & Gray knocked own a pair of triples, one apiece from Malinowski and Blair, to pull ahead 57-48 but Butler answered with a trey and a layup to close within four.
The Hoyas went on a tear with eight unanswered as Malinowski recorded five points behind a 3-pointer and a jumper, Jagan Mosely
(Marlboro, N.J. / St. Anthony) sunk a free throw and Govan capped the run with a bucket of his own for the 65-53 GU lead. Nonetheless, Butler cut the lead back to single digits on a pair of layups. Mosely sunk two free throws and, following a stop on the defensive end, the junior hit a layup to extend the Blue & Gray's lead to 12 with 6:25 to play. Malinowski continued to be strong on offense as he dished to an open Kaleb Johnson
(South Hill, Va. / The Carlisle School) for the fast break layup. Butler managed a triple to cut it to single digits but Malinowski drained his sixth triple of the night to go back to double digits with 4:47 on the clock.
In the closing minutes of the game, Georgetown scored its final 10 points on free throws to provide the final 84-76 score.
Butler's Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Butler shot 41.1 percent (30 of 73) from the field.
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, Jan. 5 as they open the BIG EAST Conference home slate, welcoming the St. John's University Red Storm to the Nation's Capital. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Capital One Arena and the game will be shown live on CBS. The game can be heard locally on WOL 1450 AM with Rich Chvotkin calling the game.
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