Martin scores career-high 35, Butler beats Georgetown 87-76
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kelan Martin scored a career-high 35 points with eight rebounds and four blocked shots Tuesday night to lead Butler past Georgetown 87-76.
Martin made 10 of 18 field goals, including three 3-pointers, and 12 of 13 free throws.
Roosevelt Jones had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists and Kellen Dunham scored 18 for Butler (15-7, 4-6 Big East).
Georgetown (13-10, 6-4) jumped to a 9-5 lead but Martin scored 11 points, including three 3s, during a 16-2 run that put the Bulldogs in front, for good, with 12 minutes left in the first half.
The Hoyas trimmed their deficit to 80-74 on a 3-point play by Isaac Copeland with 1:11 to play, but missed their final three shots and got no closer.
Butler hit five 3-pointers and turned seven offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points in the first half and took a 40-31 lead into the break.
L.J. Peak scored a season-high 22 and Smith-Rivera added 21 points and seven assists for Georgetown.