Feb. 3, 2014
Chicago, Ill. - Georgetown University senior men's basketball player Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after his performance in a pair of games last week.
Georgetown, 12-9 overall and 3-6 in the BIG EAST Conference, plays at DePaul (10-12, 2-7) on Monday, Feb. 3. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 (9 p.m. ET) and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Starks averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Hoyas, who lost to No. 9 Villanova (65-60) last Monday and then bounced back to beat No. 7 Michigan State, 64-60, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The senior guard shot 48.1 percent from the floor (13-of-27) and hit 70.0 percent of his free throws (7-of-10).
In the win over Michigan State on Saturday, Starks scored 16 points, had four assists and two rebounds to lead three players in double figures as the Hoyas ended a five-game losing streak. Earlier in the week, he had 20 points, five assists and three rebounds in the loss to the Wildcats.
Starks, who has scored in double figures 17 times this season, is second on the team with 16.4 points, which ranks eighth in the BIG EAST, and leads the team with 4.0 assists per game, which ranks tie for sixth in the league. Overall this season, he has played 91.1 percent of the team's minutes (774 of -850) played.
Starks passed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the loss to Villanova last Monday, becoming the 44th player in program history to pass that mark. He has now scored 1,020 points in 114 games (an 8.9 per game average) and needs five more to pass Bill Lynn ('76) for 41st all-time and six more to pass Al Dutch ('80) for 40th all-time.
In the last four games, he is averaging 21.3 points per game.
GU's backcourt of Starks and sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) is averaging 33.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 2.1 steals. They have combined to score 46.8 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (697 of 1,488). Together, they are shooting 42.5 percent from the floor (224-of-527), 36.9 percent from three-point land and (80-of-217) and 84.5 percent from the free throw line (169-of-200).