Feb. 2, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team hosts USF at Verizon Center at 7 p.m on Wednesday, February 3. The No. 7/8 Hoyas (16-4, 6-3 BIG EAST) resume BIG EAST Conference play against the Bulls (14-7, 4-5 BIG EAST) after defeating ACC opponent Duke, 89-77 on Saturday. The game will be televised on MASN, with Quint Kessenich and Dave Kaplan calling the action. Fans can tune in locally to ESPN 980 for Rich Chvotkin's radio call.
The Hoyas remained No. 7 in the AP poll and moved up three spots to No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after splitting its games last week with a loss to No. 4 Syracuse before a victory over then No. 8 Duke. Junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) earned a spot on the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll with strong performances in both games, averaging 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists over two games. Freeman leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game overall and is shooting 53.4 percent from the floor and 48.1 percent from 3-point range. His 19.2 points per game against conference opponents ranks him fifth in the BIG EAST.
Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) posted another double-double against the Blue Devils scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards. Monroe is averaging just a shade under a double-double, placing second on the team, scoring 15.1 points per game, while leading the team with 9.8 rebounds (9.6 BIG EAST) per game. Monroe has been named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week once (Dec. 14) while being selected to the Honor Roll on Dec. 7, Jan. 18, Jan. 25. Junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) also scored 21 points in the Hoyas victory on Saturday, as the Hoyas had three 20-point scorers for the first time in the John Thompson III era. Wright is third on the team, scoring 15.0 points per game, while leading the team with 4.0 assists per game. Wright is also tied for the team lead in steals averaging 1.6 per game.
In conference play the Hoyas are leading the BIG EAST in field goal percentage shooting 50.1 % through nine conference games. They are also second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 43.8% (63-for-144).
Sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) is the fourth Hoya to average double-figures in points on the season with 10.7 per game. Clark is fourth on the team averaging 3.5 rebounds and has hit 41-of-93 three-point field goal attempts (44.1%). Junior Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) is fifth on the team with 8.2 points and second on the team with 5.2 rebounds. Freshman guard Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) is averaging 3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Freshman forward Jerrelle Benimon (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) has averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game .
Tonight will be the eighth time the Hoyas and Bulls will meet, with the Blue & Gray holding a 5-2 series advantage, including a 65-40 victory last season. GU has never lost to USF on its home floor, winning its two home games during the series.
USF enters Wednesday having won its last three BIG EAST Conference game, including a 70-61 upset of No. 17 Pittsburgh on Sunday. Dominique Jones leads the Bulls with 22.1 points per game, 4.2 assists and is second with 6.1 rebounds per game. Augustus Gilchrist averages 18.8 points per game to go with 7.4 rebounds per game.