INDIANAPOLIS — So much for the Big East lead, a Top 10 ranking, a four-game winning streak and a 14-game home winning streak.
Georgetown ruined all of that Saturday night, shooting 73 percent in the second half to beat the No. 11 Bulldogs 85-81 before a sellout crowd of 9,116 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
L.J. Peak scored 22 points, and Rodney Pryor and Jesse Govan 20 each for the Hoyas (12-10, 3-6). They shot 64 percent for the game to Butler’s 55 percent.
Kelan Martin scored 22 and Andrew Chrabascz 16 for Butler (18-4, 7-3). Kamar Baldwin added 10 points.
BOX SCORE: Georgetown 85, Butler 81
The Bulldogs, for the first time in four years as Big East members, could have taken sole possession of first place. Instead, Villanova retains first at 7-2.
It was the first time in 31 games under coach Chris Holtmann that Butler has scored 80 points and lost.
The Bulldogs also squandered an opportunity to climb into the Top 10. They have spent a total of 10 only weeks in the Top 10 since 2007.
It was a tumultuous week…