Indianapolis, IN – The Butler Bulldogs defeated the Georgetown Hoyas Tuesday night 87-76. The Bulldogs utilized a nineteen point first half from sophomore guard Kelan Martin to jump in front and controlled the game the entire way.
Martin, who was coming off 27 points against Marquette, had a phenomenal game finishing with a career high 35 points and eight rebounds. Martin is an athletic, powerful off guard with a great stroke and an even better motor. He works within the offense to find high quality looks or an opening to attack the basket. On the defensive end, Martin engages his defender well and utilizes his great athleticism, moving his feet well.
Also contributing for the Bulldogs were senior guards Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones with eighteen and nineteen points respectively. The Bulldogs out competed the Hoyas in this game from start to finish controlling the boards and getting to the line 22 more times. Butler’s starters in this game scored 86 of 87 possible points.
Georgetown was led by Indianapolis native D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. Smith-Rivera started the game slow with only seven points in the first half but finished with 21 points and seven assists. Smith-Rivera is a 6’3″ lead guard focused on probing the defense and making the right play. He has the capability of scoring but looks to find the open man first. Defensively, Smith-Rivera has the tools to be a good defender, however, he often gets caught ball watching in help side.
Both teams are back in action this Saturday. Georgetown looks to get back in the win column on the road at Seton Hall and Butler will be on the road at St. Johns.
This article was written by Nick Hinojosa, a correspondent and scout for NetScouts Basketball. You can subscribe to our RSS feed from the upper right corner of our home page, follow us on Facebook, or on twitter.
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