WASHINGTON – Markel Starks scored 19 points and Georgetown won its third straight game, defeating Butler 71-63 Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 18 points and Nate Lubick had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Hoyas (14-9, 5-6 Big East), who have turned it around after a five-game losing streak. Georgetown's winning streak began with a victory over then-No.7 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden a week ago.
Georgetown led 29-25 at halftime and extended its advantage to 58-47 on a jumper by Smith-Rivera with 6:53 left. Butler battled back, getting within four points twice in the last 2:30, but Georgetown had the answers. Starks' jumper with 45 seconds left gave the Hoyas a 66-59 cushion.
Andrew Chrabascz scored a career-high 24 and Kellen Dunham added 15 for the Bulldogs (12-11, 2-9), who fell back into a last-place tie with DePaul during their first season in the Big East.