Feb. 2, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University men's basketball team returns home on Tuesday, Feb. 3 to host BIG EAST Conference rival Rutgers at Verizon Center. Tip-off at The Phonebooth is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on MASN, with Quint Kessenich and Bob Wenzel calling the game. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM, with Rich Chvotkin at the microphone.
Georgetown enters the game with a 12-8 overall record and a 3-6 mark in the BIG EAST after a 94-82 loss at No. 8 Marquette on Saturday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. It was the fifth-straight loss for the Hoyas, and the fourth consecutive against a conference opponent.
Georgetown is ranked No. 1 in the country according to its strength-of-schedule, with eight games this season against teams ranked among the top-15 in the country. The Hoyas finished the first month of 2009 with a 2-7 record, playing five teams that were ranked among the top-10 in the country at the time. The team posted wins over then-No. 8 Syracuse and against Providence, but lost to Pittsburgh just before they moved to the No. 1 spot, at No. 8 Notre Dame, at then-No. 3 Duke and this past weekend against Marquette
Tomorrow's game will be the 39th all-time meeting between Georgetown and Rutgers. The Hoyas lead the head-to-head series, 23-15, and have won the last six meetings, including a 58-46 decision last year at Rutgers. The Blue and Gray are 15-2 all-time at home against Rutgers, winning the last seven contests. The last Rutgers win in the Nation's Capitol was a 68-62 decision during the 1998-99 season.
Junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) leads the Hoyas in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game. Summers scored a team-high 22 points in the loss at Marquette on Saturday, moving him past the 1,000-point mark for his career as he became the 40th player in Georgetown history to accomplish that feat. He has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games this season and in 20 of the last 21 games, dating back to last season.
Freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) is second on the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds. He is averaging 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists against BIG EAST opponents.
Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) is third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding, averaging 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) is fourth on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game, leads the team with 355 assists per game, which is tied for 14th in the BIG EAST. In the last two games, Wright is averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor.
Senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) is fifth on the team in scoring with 6.5 points per game, second in steals with 28 and fourth with 42 assists overall.
Rutgers enters the game with a 10-12 overall record and a 1-8 record in the BIG EAST. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 75-56 win over DePaul on Saturday. Freshman guard Mike Rosario, who was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Monday after averaging 20.5 points in two games, leads the team in scoring with 17.6 points per game. He has hit a team-high 55 three-pointers. Freshman forward Greg Echenique is second on the team in scoring with 9.5 points per game and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds. The Scarlet Knights are shooting 42.5 percent from the floor, 29.0 percent from three-point land and 72.0 percent from the free throw line.