Jan. 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team is back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 16, hosting long-time BIG EAST Conference rival Providence at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on MASN, with Mike Corey and Bob Wenzel calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to Sports Talk AM 570 for the radio call from Rich Chvotkin.
Georgetown ended a two-game losing streak this past Saturday with an impressive 67-51 win over St. John's at Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas improved to 11-3 overall and 1-2 in BIG EAST play.
The meeting with Providence will be the 62nd all-time between the schools, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 42-19. The Hoyas have won the last seven meetings between the schools, including a pair of games last year - a 49-40 win at home and a 69-53 win in Rhode Island. The Blue & Gray have an all-time record of 21-4 at home against the Friars, including a 7-1 record at Verizon Center.
The Hoyas are led by sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central), who leads the team in scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game). Porter Jr. had his fourth double-double of the season, and the seventh of his career, with 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in the win over St. John's on Saturday.
Porter Jr. ranks 20th in the BIG EAST in scoring and fifth in the league in rebounds, but also ranks among the league leaders in steals (seventh, 2.00 spg) and blocked shots (12th, 1.31 bpg).
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) connected on 7-of-10 shots from the field and scored 17 points in the win over St. John's, his eighth game in double figures. Starks is third on the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game and is third on the team with 2.6 assists per game. The junior has hit a team-high 20 three-point field goals and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 44.4 percent of his shots (20-of-45).
Sophomore forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) is second on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game and second in rebounding, grabbing 7.0 boards.
Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass. / St. Mark's) is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.1 points, third on the team with 5.2 rebounds and leads the team with 2.9 assists per game. He had 11 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three assists in the game at St. John's.
The Hoyas had eight different players score in the win over St. John's and had solid contributions from the bench, with 15 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists in 62 minutes. Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) scored eight points, grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and had a team-high four assists off the bench for the Hoyas.
The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defensive effort this season, holding opponents to under 60 points in 10 of its 14 games. GU's opponents are averaging a paltry 55.4 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 7 nationally. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 38.5 percent shooting from the field, which is third in the conference.