No. 6 Georgetown Hosts Seton Hall on Saturday; John Thompson III to Join Coaches Nationwide in Coaches vs. Cancer National Awareness Weekend
Feb. 1, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The No. 6-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team returns to Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon, hosting league rival Seton Hall in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. The game tips off at noon and will air on MASN, with Mike Gleason and Bucky Waters calling the game. It can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980 AM, with Rich Chvotkin at the microphone.
The Hoyas improved to 17-2 overall and 7-1 in the BIG EAST on Tuesday night, beating St. John's, 74-42, at Madison Square Garden. GU is ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll.
The win over St. John's came after a dominant first half for Georgetown, as the Hoyas opened up a 41-14 lead in the opening 20 minutes and held the Red Storm to only two first half field goals in that span. Sophomore center Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy) scored 18 points to lead three players in double figures in the win, which was Georgetown's fourth-largest ever against a BIG EAST opponent.
Georgetown has won four-straight games and nine of its last 10 overall. The Hoyas lead the BIG EAST in scoring defense, allowing 56.7 points per game, and rank No. 1 nationally in field goal percentage defense (35.8%), fourth in the country in field goal percentage (50.6%), and fifth in the country in scoring defense (57.5 ppg) in the latest statistical rankings from the NCAA. The Hoyas lead the BIG EAST in four different statistical categories: scoring defense, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense (29.5%).
Senior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 13.0 points and 6.8 boards per game. The 7-2, 275-pound center scored in double figures for the seventh-consecutive time, when he finished with 11 points and six rebounds against the Red Storm. Hibbert was recently named to the Naismith Trophy's Mid-Season Top-30 List.
Sophomore forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) is second on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 14 games. Senior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman), who will start his 122nd-straight game Saturday, is third on the team in scoring with 10.1 points per game, while adding 2.4 assists per game.
Freshman Austin Freeman (Mitchelville, Md./DeMatha) has reached double figures in scoring in five of the last nine games. Since breaking into the starting line-up against Fordham, Freeman has averaged 10.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. Junior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian) is fifth on the team in scoring (9.6 ppg), leads the team in assists (3.7 apg), and is fourth in rebounding (4.1 rpg). Against St. John's, Sapp scored in double figures for the fifth-straight game as he ended the evening with 10 points, while also dishing out a game-high five assists.
Saturday's game against Seton Hall is the 90th all-time meeting between the Hoyas and the Pirates. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 51-38, including the last three meetings. In their last meeting, Wallace scored a career-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Summers picked up his first collegiate double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoyas dropped the Pirates 74-58 at Continental Airlines Arena on January 19, 2007.
This weekend the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to support the fight against cancer by wearing sneakers along with their normal game attire. As you watch games throughout the weekend you will see nearly every coach in the country wearing sneakers, including Coach Thompson and his entire staff. If you would like further information on the effort please click on this Coaches vs. Cancer Info link.