Jan. 14, 2011
The Georgetown University men's basketball team hits the road for the first of two BIG EAST Conference road games this weekend, starting with a matchup on Saturday, Jan. 15 at Rutgers. Tipoff at the Louis Brown Athletic Center is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on ESPNU, with Beth Mowins and Mike Kelley calling all of the action. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown enters the game with a 12-5 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Hoyas, who have lost their last three games, are ranked No. 22 in the country in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll.
Rutgers enters the game with a 10-6 overall record and a 1-3 mark in league play. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 67-53 loss at Connecticut earlier this week and beat Providence, 85-73, last weekend at home.
Saturday's game with the Scarlet Knights marks the 42nd meeting all-time between the schools. The Hoyas lead the head-to-head series, 26-15, and have won eight of the last nine meetings. The teams split two games last year, with Rutgers posting a 71-68 win at home.
Georgetown is coming off a 72-57 loss at home to No. 5 Pittsburgh. Senior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) scored 14 points and handed out four assists to lead the Hoyas.
Senior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha), the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring, and ranks third in the BIG EAST, with 17.5 points per game. Freeman is 10th in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 53.7 percent of his field goals.
Wright is third on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and leads the team with 5.82 assists per game, which ranks third in the BIG EAST and No. 22 in the country. Wright was named of 20 finalists for the Cousy Award, presented to college basketball's top point guard.
Junior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), who scored 16 points in a 65-59 loss to West Virginia last Saturday, is second on the team in scoring with 13.0 points per game and has connected on 51.6 percent of his field goals and 39.5 percent of his three-point field goals.
Senior forward Julian Vaughn (Reston, Va./Oak Hill Academy) is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.9 points and leads the team with 6.6 rebounds, which ranks 14th in the BIG EAST Conference. Sophomore forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola), who scored 16 points against St. John's, is fifth on the team in scoring with 8.1 points and second on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game.