Jan. 29, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team will host Seton Hall in the second of three-consecutive home contests on Wednesday, January 30 the Verizon Center. The BIG EAST conference match-up is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip off and will be shown live locally on MASN and broadcasted on Sports Talk 570 radio.
The Hoyas, coming off an impressive road win over a ranked Notre Dame team, improved their record to 14-4 overall and 4-3 in the BIG EAST with a 53-51 win over then-No. 5 Louisville on Saturday afternoon in front of their largest home crowd of the season.
Wednesday will mark Georgetown's 95th meeting with Seton Hall, with the Hoyas leading the all-time series 54-40. Georgetown has won six of the past eight matchups, most recently in 2011 on the road, 80-75. Since starting BIG EAST play the Hoyas have a 42-18 record against the Pirates, including wins in their last three meeting at home.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central) and junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) each scored 17 points in the win. Porter also grabbed 12 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season. Seven different players scored for the Hoyas to help them claim the 53-51 victory.
Georgetown started the game on a hot streak, hitting 8-of-10 shots and opened up to a 24-15 lead with 9:05 to go in the first half. Porter Jr. led the team with 10 points in the half as the Hoyas led 33-29 at the break. The Cardinals started the second half on an 8-2 run, however the Hoyas then responded with a 9-2 run of their own. Strong defense down the stretch kept Lousiville guard Peyton Siva scoreless and prevented the Cardinals from hitting any field goals in the final 3:20 to help the Hoyas edge out the win.
Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass. / St. Mark's) scored six points and grabbed four rebounds, while freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) scored five points, all in the first half. Sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) contributed four points and a career-high eight rebounds and redshirt sophomore Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA) had three rebounds and scored what ended up being the game winning basket with an acrobatic layup with 3:38 left in the game. Sophomore guard Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./Brandon) also had two points and two assists.
Porter Jr. leads the team in scoring (14.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.9 rebounds per game) and is third on the team in assists (2.5) and leads the team in blocks (20) and steals (31). He ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in scoring, fourth in the league in rebounds, but also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (10th, 50.5%), three-point field goal percentage (fifth, 44.0%), steals (eighth, 1.80 spg), blocked shots (13th, 1.20 bpg) and defensive rebounds (1st, 6.2 rpg).
The Hoyas continue to prove strong on defense this season, holding opponents to under 60 points now in 12 of its 18 games. GU's opponents are averaging 55.5 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and 10th in the country. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 38.1 percent shooting from the field, including only 31.2 percent from three point range. GU has limited its last five opponents to below 50 percent shooting from the field.