- Associated Press - Friday, November 28, 2014

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Kellen Dunham scored 16 points and Butler beat Georgetown 64-58 in an all-Big East matchup for third place at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday afternoon.

Alex Barlow added 11 for the Bulldogs (5-1), who won two of their three games in the Bahamas.

Butler missed 119 of its first 168 shots in the tournament then got hot at precisely the right time Friday. The Bulldogs made 9 of 11 shots during one second-half stretch, good enough to help put this one away.

Issac Copeland scored 16 points on 7 for 10 shooting for Georgetown (4-2), Paul White added 13 and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera finished with 12 for the Hoyas.

Georgetown lost for the first time in four all-time meetings with Butler. All three of Georgetown’s games in the tournament were decided in the final minute, two on the final shot.

Ordinarily, conference rivals could not meet in early-season tournaments like this one. But a waiver was granted in Butler’s case, since the Bulldogs had accepted the invitation to play in the Bahamas before the school decided to join the Big East.

Butler and Georgetown were on opposite sides of the eight-team bracket. The only way they could meet was by posting exactly the same outcomes both Wednesday and Thursday.

Sure enough, it happened.

And the Bahamas got a glimpse of Big East physicality.

There were 10 instances of players picking themselves off the floor in the first 7:15 — before either team reached 10 points. The first inadvertent hit to someone’s head came on the fourth possession, six players got knocked to the deck in a 55-second span soon afterward and Butler’s Kameron Woods gasped for air after getting struck in the neck late in the half.

TIP-INS

Butler: Barlow’s 3-pointer with 7:10 left in the half put Butler up 21-13, significant because the Bulldogs never led the Hoyas by more than seven in any of the teams’ first three meetings. G Jackson Aldridge (ankle) returned after missing four games and made a quick impact. He induced Smith-Rivera into two fouls within a four-second span in the opening minutes.

Georgetown: Smith sought out referee Doug Sirmons for a handshake before tip-off. Sirmons was one of the officials on the Georgetown-Florida game Wednesday, when Smith was twice called for flagrant fouls. Georgetown shot 32 percent in the first half, making back-to-back shots only twice — yet still was within 31-27 at the break.

UP NEXT

Butler: At Indiana State, Wednesday.

Georgetown: Home against Towson, Dec. 7.


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