Jan. 21, 2013
South Bend, Ind. - The Georgetown University men's basketball team practiced at Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon in advance of its game on Monday, Jan. 21 against the Fighting Irish at the Joyce Center. The Hoyas will look to close out the weekend with a win following a tough 61-58 loss at South Florida on Sunday night.
The Georgetown-Notre Dame tips off at 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Joe Tessitore and Sean Farnham calling all of the action. The radio call from Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas, who have won two of their last three games, enter the game with a 12-4 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the BIG EAST, while Notre Dame is 15-3 overall and 3-2 in league play.
This will be the 29th meeting all-time between the Hoyas and the Irish, with the Blue & Gray leading the head-to-head series, 15-13. Three Georgetown players scored in double figures last year as the Hoyas posted a 59-41 win at Verizon Center. The Hoyas are 4-8 in games played at Notre Dame.
Against South Florida, sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central) scored 21 points and had five rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill), scored 16 points, had six rebounds and four assists. Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass. / St. Mark's) added eight points, a season-high 10 rebounds and three assists and sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added eight points, three rebounds and two assists.
Porter Jr. leads the team in scoring (14.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.6 rebounds per game. He ranks 16th in the BIG EAST in scoring, sixth in the league in rebounds, but also ranks among the league leaders in steals (eighth, 1.9 spg), field goal percentage (11th, 50.3%) and three-point field goal percentage (seventh, 41.7%). He is also third on the team with 2.6 assists per game.
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is third on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game and leads the team with 2.8 assists per game. Starks, who tied a career-high with seven assists in the Providence win, leads the team with 22 three-point field goals and ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage, connecting on 41.5 percent of his shots (22-of-53).
Lubick is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.4 points, third on the team with 5.4 rebounds and is tied for the team lead with 2.8 assists per game. He scored 10 points against Providence and has reached double figures in scoring six times this season.
The Hoyas have received great contributions from the bench in the last three games, averaging 16.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists. During the team's first 13 games, the reserves were averaging 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Smith-Rivera, who had a career-high five assists in the Providence win, is averaging 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the last three games, while junior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) has contributed 5.0 points in the last two games.
The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defensive effort this season, holding opponents to under 60 points in 10 of its 16 games. GU's opponents are averaging 56.3 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 11 nationally. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 38.5 percent shooting from the field, which is third in the conference. GU has limited four of its last six opponents to below 50 percent shooting from the field.
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