Jan. 19, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team closes out a weekend homestand on Monday, Jan. 20, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival Marquette. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 9 p.m.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Justin Kutcher calling the play-by-play and Stu Jackson serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to the radio call of Rich Chvotkin on Sports Talk 570 AM.
The Hoyas enter the game with an 11-6 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the BIG EAST following a 67-57 loss to Seton Hall at home on Saturday, ending GU's 16-game win streak at Verizon Center. The Hoyas had not lost at home since Jan. 8, 2013. The Blue & Gray have lost two of their last three games and three of the last four overall.
In the loss to Seton Hall on Saturday, Georgetown led by nine points at halftime and pushed the lead to 10 points early in the second half, but could not hang on.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) recorded his first career double-double, and Georgetown's first of the season, with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored a team-high 14 points and five assists.
The Hoyas had taken a nine-point lead at the half, 35-26, and extended the margin to 10 points, 38-28, on a three-pointer from freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) in the opening moments of the second half. Seton Hall cut the lead to three points, 38-35, after a three and a layup from Fuquan Edwin, but GU pushed it back to seven points, first on a layup from senior guards Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) (42-35, 15:18) and then on a layup from Hopkins (44-37, 14:09).
Smith-Rivera, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the second-straight week, leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game. The sophomore, who has been named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll four times this season, also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (12th, 47.9%), assists (12th, 3.2), free throw percentage (10th, 82.6%), steals (12th, 1.2), three-point field goal percentage (sixth, 44.7%), three-point field goals made (tied for fifth, 2.2), assist-turnover ratio (12th, 1.6) and played (6th, 34.4). He is also third on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game.
Starks, who has scored in double figures 13 times this season, is second on the team with 15.4 points, which ranks 10th in the BIG EAST, and leads the team with 4.0 assists per game, which ranks tied for sixth in the league.
GU's backcourt of Smith-Rivera and Starks is averaging 32.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.1 steals. They have combined to score 45.5 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (550 of 1,229). Together, they are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor (175-of-404), 38.0 percent from three-point land and (65-of-171) and 83.9 percent from the free throw line (135-of-161).
Hopkins is fifth on the team in scoring with 6.5 points and leads the team with 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, which rank 12th and sixth in the BIG EAST, respectively. His 15 rebounds were a career-high and the most by a Georgetown player since Greg Whittington had 15 against Duquesne in the season opener last year.
Senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 5.5 points, 5.5 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 1.8 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds, including 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in BIG EAST games.
The Hoyas rank eighth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (72.3 points per game) and are second in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 47.6 percent of their shots. GU ranks fourth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 66.1 points per game, but the Hoyas are second in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing only 66.3 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank second in the league in field goal percentage defense (39.0 percent) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.8 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.
The game with Marquette will be the 16th all-time between the schools, with the Hoyas leading the head-to-head series, 8-7. The Blue & Gray have won four of the last six games, including a 63-55 decision last year at Verizon Center. Georgetown is 4-1 at home against Marquette.
Marquette enters Monday night's game with a 10-8 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the BIG EAST following a 69-57 overtime loss at Butler on Saturday night. The Golden Eagles have lost three of their last five games and are 0-3 on the road in conference play. Senior forward Davante Gardner leads the team with 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds and senior forward Jamil Wilson is second on the team in scoring with 11.7 points and second with 5.3 rebounds. Senior guard Jake Thomas is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.3 points and has hit a team-high 33 three-pointers. Marquette is averaging 70.3 points per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the floor and 29.7 percent from three-point land. In conference games, MU is scoring 63.6 points per game and allowing 68.8 while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor.