Butler 25 38 63
Gtown 29 42 71
Date of game: 2/8/2014

Recap: Georgetown vs. Butler

Washington, D.C. (SportsNetwork.com) - Markel Starks finished with 19 points and seven assists as the Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Butler Bulldogs, 71-63, in a Big East Conference tilt at the Verizon Center.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera contributed 18 points for the Hoyas (14-9, 5-6 Big East), who also received 10 points and nine rebounds courtesy of Nate Lubick. Georgetown's victory was its third in a row.

Andrew Chrabascz led Butler (12-11, 2-9) with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor. Kellen Dunham posted 15 points and six boards while Khyle Marshall netted 10 points.

The Bulldogs got off to a decent start as they took a seven-point lead by the 13:25 mark of the first frame. The visitors cooled off and were limited to 33.3 percent efficiency from the field in the opening period. Georgetown took a 29-25 lead into halftime after it sank 44.8 percent of its shots from the floor before the break.

Despite missing all six of their shots from 3-point range in the second half, the Hoyas managed to extend their advantage on the scoreboard by converting 14-of-17 attempts at the charity stripe. Butler connected on 55 percent of its shots from the floor in the second stanza, but registered six less field goal attempts than the hosts over the final 20 minutes of the game.

Georgetown scored 12 points off of the Bulldogs' 11 turnovers.

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