No. 13 Georgetown Hosts No. 8 Syracuse in BIG EAST Showdown at Verizon Center

Jan. 13, 2009

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The No. 13-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team hosts Syracuse in a key BIG EAST Conference matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Dave O'Brien and Doris Burke calling all of the action. It can be heard locally on AM 570.

The Hoyas improved to 11-3 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST Conference on Saturday with an 82-75 win over Providence on Verizon Center. Georgetown, winners of eight of its last 10 games, is ranked No. 13 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and is ranked No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll.

Georgetown University freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday for the second-straight time and for the third time this season. Monroe averaged 17.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two games last week. He recorded his first career double-double by scoring a career-high 21 points with 10 rebounds in a 73-67 loss at Notre Dame last Monday. He followed that up with 13 points, 11 rebounds, a career-high eight assists, two blocks and five steals in the 82-75 win against Providence. He combined to shoot 58.3 percent from the floor in the two games (14-of-24).

Through 14 games, Monroe is second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game and ranks 20th in the BIG EAST with a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game. He ranks eighth in the league in field goal percentage (56.6%), is fourth in the BIG EAST in steals (2.00 per game) and is fifth in the league in blocked shots (1.79).

Junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) is one of four players in double figures for the Hoyas, averaging 14.7 points per game. Sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College Prep [D.C.]) is third on the team with 13.0 points per game and leads the team with 3.8 assists per game, while sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha), who scored a game-high 18 points in the win over Providence, is fourth on the team with 12.9 points and third on the squad with 4.8 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) is fifth on the team in scoring (7.5 ppg), second in rebounding (4.9 rpg) and third with 2.0 assists per game.

Summers has scored in double-figures in all 14 games this season and has a streak of 15 games dating back to last season, while Freeman has registered a season-high 18 points four times this season.

Wednesday's game with Syracuse will be the 80th meeting all-time between the schools ... The Orange lead the head-to-head series, 43-36 ... Georgetown is 2-4 against Syracuse under John Thompson III ... The Hoyas have won the last two games at home against the Orange ... Syracuse has won eight of the last 10 meetings ... The Hoyas are 19-9 at home against Syracuse ... In BIG EAST games, SU leads 32-30 ... A closely contested series with 54 games decided by 10 points or fewer, the last 11 games have been decided by an average of 6.8 points, including three overtime contests.

Syracuse enters tonight's game with a 16-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the BIG EAST Conference ... The Orange have won their last seven games ... Their BIG EAST wins have come against Seton Hall, at USF, against DePaul and at Rutgers ... Syracuse is ranked No. 8 in the country in both national polls ... Sophomore guard Johnny Flynn is one of five players averaging double figures in scoring, leading the team with 16.4 points per game ... Flynn leads the team with 5.5 assists per game ... Junior guard Eric Devendorf is second on the team with 13.9 points and junior forward Paul Harris is third on the team with 13.6 points and leads the team with 8.3 rebounds ... Junior forward Arinze Onuaku is fourth on the team with 12.7 points, is shooting a team-best 70.7 percent from the floor and is second on the team with 7.8 rebounds ... Junior guard Andy Rautins is fifth on the team with 11.2 points and has hit a team-high 50 three-pointers ... SU is shooting 50.7 percent from the floor, 34.6 percent from three-point land and 64.3 percent from the free throw line.



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