Jan. 25, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team returns home on Saturday, Jan. 26, hosting No. 6 Louisville in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at Verizon Center. The game tips off at noon and will be shown live on ESPN, with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to SportsTalk 570 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
The Hoyas, who have won three of their last four games, improved to 13-4 overall and 3-3 in the BIG EAST with an impressive 63-47 road win at No. 23 Notre Dame on Monday night.
The game with Louisville will be the 13th meeting all-time between the schools, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series 8-4. The Hoyas have won the last three meetings between the teams, including a 71-68 decision on the road. Since joining the BIG EAST, Georgetown has a 5-2 record against the Cardinals. The Hoyas carry a 4-1 record at home against Louisville and have won the last three meetings overall.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central), who was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, scored 19 points and had nine rebounds in the win at Notre Dame, as seven different players scored and Georgetown used a big 18-0 run in the second half en route to the 63-47 win.
Porter Jr. hit 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point land, connecting for 12 points in the first half as the Hoyas opened up a 13-point lead at the break, saw it shrink to three points and then quieted the crowd, sending fans to the exits with six minutes left, with the decisive 18-0 run.
Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) scored 14 points, including 10 in the second half, while junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass. / St. Mark's) added eight points, two rebounds and three assists and sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added seven points, six rebounds and six assists. Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists and junior center Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]) played a career-high 24 minutes, scored two points, had two assists and grabbed a career-high and game-high 10 rebounds.
Porter Jr. leads the team in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game) and is third on the team in assists (2.4) and leads the team in blocks (19) and steals (30). He ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in scoring, fourth in the league in rebounds, but also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (10th, 51.5%), three-point field goal percentage (fifth, 45.0%), steals (seventh, 1.88 spg), blocked shots (13th, 1.19 bpg) and defensive rebounds (2nd, 6.06 rpg).
In BIG EAST games, Porter Jr. is sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game.
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is third on the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game and leads the team with 2.82 assists per game. Starks, who tied a career-high with seven assists in the Providence win, leads the team with 23 three-point field goals and ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage, connecting on 41.1 percent of his shots (23-of-56). Lubick is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.4 points, third on the team with 5.2 rebounds and is second on the team with 2.76 assists per game.
The Hoyas have received great contributions from the bench in the last three games, averaging 16.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 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, scored 14 points in the Notre Dame win, while junior center Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]), grabbed 10 rebounds in the game.
The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defensive effort this season, holding opponents to under 60 points in 11 of its 17 games. GU's opponents are averaging 55.8 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 11 nationally. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 38.3 percent shooting from the field, which is third in the conference. GU has limited five of its last seven opponents to below 50 percent shooting from the field.