Georgetown Closes Out Three-Game Road Trip on Wednesday at Xavier

GUHOYAS.COM The Georgetown University men's basketball team closes out a three-game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 15, visiting new BIG EAST Conference member Xavier for the first time.  Tip-off at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati is slated for 7 p.m.
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The Georgetown University men's basketball team closes out a three-game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 15, visiting new BIG EAST Conference member Xavier for the first time. Tip-off at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati is slated for 7 p.m.
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Jan. 14, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team closes out a three-game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 15, visiting new BIG EAST Conference member Xavier for the first time. Tip-off at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati is slated for 7 p.m.

The game will be shown live on CBS College Sports, with Andrew Catalon handling the play-by-play, Steve Lappas serving as the color analyst and Lauren Gardner on sidelines. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.

Georgetown improved to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST with a 70-67 overtime win at Butler on Saturday, its third win in the last four games and the 10th in the last 12 overall.

Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. It is the second-straight week Smith-Rivera has been recognized by the league and the fourth time this season.

Smith-Rivera averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (13-of-26) during the week for the Hoyas. He scored 18 points, had seven rebounds and five assists in the win at Butler, a homecoming for him as he played in front of more than 40 family and friends in his hometown of Indianapolis. Earlier in the week, he scored 19 points and had five rebounds at Providence.

Overall this season, Smith-Rivera leads Georgetown in scoring, and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST, averaging 17.3 points per game. He is third on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game, second on the team (11th in the BIG EAST) with 3.2 assists per game and first on the team (12th in the BIG EAST) with 1.3 steals per game.

Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), who has scored in double figures 12 times this season, is second on the team with 15.4 points and leads the team with 3.9 assists per game.

 

 

GU's backcourt of Smith-Rivera and Starks is averaging 32.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.3 steals. They have combined to score 44.3 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (490 of 1,105). Together, they are shooting 44.1 percent from the floor (154-of-349), 38.7 percent from three-point land and (58-of-150) and 83.8 percent from the free throw line (124-of-148).

Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), who scored 12 points against Providence last week, is fifth on the team in scoring with 6.5 points, second on the team with 5.1 rebounds and leads the team with 1.2 blocks, while senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 5.8 points, a team-best 6.1 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 1.8 assists.

The Hoyas rank sixth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (73.7 points per game) and are second in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.5 percent of their shots. GU ranks second in the league in scoring defense, allowing 65.1 points per game, but the Hoyas are first in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing only 62.8 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank first in the league in field goal percentage defense (38.2 percent) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (27.5 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 17 in the country in field goal percentage defense and No. 10 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.

Xavier enters Wednesday's game with a 13-4 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the BIG EAST following a 95-89 loss at Creighton on Sunday. The Musketeers opened conference play with home wins against St. John's (70-60), Butler (79-68) and Marquette (86-79) and carry an 11-0 record at the Cintas Center. Xavier is led by sophomore guard Semaj Christon, who is scoring 16.2 points per game and leads the team with 4.4 assists per game. Junior center Matt Stainbrook is second on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg) and leads the team with 8.6 rebounds. Seven different Xavier players are averaging at least 7.9 points per game.

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