Butler Claims 3rd Place at Battle 4 Atlantis

Butler (5-1) defeated Georgetown (4-2) in the 3rd Place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday night.

NASSAU (BAHAMAS) - Butler (5-1) rebounded from its semifinal loss to Oklahoma and defeated Big East foe Georgetown (4-2) in the 3rd Place Game at the Battle 4 Atlantis 64-58.

The Bulldogs were able to hold onto its lead down the stretch and grab its second marquee victory in the Bahamas.

Butler was led by junior Kellen Dunham, who scored 16 points on 6/10 shooting (2/6 3PT) from the field in 33 minutes. He also grabbed 2 rebounds and had just one turnover on the night.

Senior point guard Alex Barlow added 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists, while freshman wing Kelan Martin had 10 points (4/8 FG) and 2 rebounds.

Butler won the game in the final minutes from the charity stripe. Butler finished 16/21 (76.2%) from the line, while the Hoyas struggled, shooting just 10/19 (52.9%).

Butler and Georgetown battled in the first half. The Bulldogs were finally able to break away from the tight game with an 18-6 run towards the end of the half. Butler stretched the lead to 28-16 at that point.

Georgetown rallied towards the end of the half and cut the lead to just 31-27.

In the 2nd half Butler's lead was erased after just 2 minutes of play. The Hoyas tied up the game at 33-33 with 17:53 left to play.

The Bulldogs and Hoyas exchanged the lead multiple times until Kellen Dunham hit a three followed by a deep jumper to put the Bulldogs up 57-52. Georgetown would try to rebound, but couldn't hit the open shots it needed to down the stretch.

Georgetown's Isaac Copeland and Paul White had impressive performances off the bench for the Hoyas, as the reserves were responsible for 33 of the Hoyas 58 points. Copeland scored a team-high 16 points (7/10 FG), while White added 13 points (5/8 FG).

The Hoyas' leading scorers struggled to produce against Butler.

Leading scorer D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 12 points on 4/11 shooting (0/4 3PT) and was limited early as he sat on the bench in foul trouble.

A game after playing extremely well against #2 Wisconsin, Joshua Smith struggled to stay on the court due to foul trouble. He scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes.

Butler had its best shooting performance of the tournament against Georgetown. The Bulldogs finished 22/50 (44%) from the field including 4/14 (28.6%) from the 3-point line.

Georgetown finished 22/53 (41.5%) from the field including 4/13 (30.8%) from the 3-point line.

It was over when... - Georgetown's Paul White missed an open 3-pointer from the right wing with just 41 seconds left to play. Butler went on to make 5/6 FT's after the miss to secure the win.

NOTES: The victory over the Hoyas was a non-conference game against a Big East opponent. This is the second time in 3 season that Butler has played an extra game against a conference opponent (Xavier in 2012)...Do-it-all forward Roosevelt Jones finished with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists in 32 minutes...Butler's front court was productive as Kameron Woods had 5 points and 7 rebounds and Andrew Chrabascz finished with 9 points and 2 rebounds...Georgetown led the rebounding battle 37-28...Georgetown had 14 turnovers to Butler's 10...Kellen Dunham was named to the All-Tournament Team.


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