Feb. 9, 2014
The Georgetown University men's basketball team will look to close out a successful weekend homestand on Monday night, Feb. 10, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival Providence College at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the team's downtown home.
The game will air live on Fox Sports 1, with Justin Kutcher calling the play-by-play and Donny Marshall serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to Sports Talk AM 570 for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
The Hoyas have won three-straight games, including a 71-63 decision over Butler on Saturday that improved the team's record to 14-9 overall and 5-6 in the BIG EAST. Georgetown posted a 65-60 win over then-No. 7 Michigan State last weekend, its second win over an Associated Press Top 10-ranked team this year, and then beat DePaul on the road last Monday.
The meeting with Providence will be the 64th all-time meeting between the schools, with the Hoyas leading the head-to-head series, 43-20. The Friars won last month in Rhode Island, 70-52, their first win in the series since 2004-05. Georgetown has won eight of the last nine meetings overall and has a 21-4 record at home against the Friars, including five-straight wins at Verizon Center. The last win for Providence in D.C. was a 65-58 decision during the 2004-05 season.
In Saturday's win over Butler Georgetown used a late run in the second half to open an 11-point lead, saw it shrink to four points with just over two minutes left, but senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) hit a jumper with 47 seconds left and the Hoyas held on for a 71-63 win over Butler on Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.
Starks scored a team-high19 points, had seven assists and no turnovers to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 18 points and had six rebounds and senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds, with two assists. Senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) added eight points off the bench and junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) chipped in eight points, six rebounds and two assists.
Starks was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll last week after his performance against No. 4 Villanova and No. 7 Michigan State when he averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds The senior guard, who has scored in double figures 19 times this season, is tied for the team lead with 16.9 points, which ranks tied for fifth in the BIG EAST, and leads the team with 4.0 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Overall this season, he has played 91.5 percent of the team's minutes (851-of-930) 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 1,065 points in 116 games (a 9.2 per game average) and needs six more to pass Brian Sheehan ('61) for 37th all-time and 12 more to pass Charlie Adrion ('70) for 36th all-time.
In the last six games, he is averaging 21.7 points and 4.2 assists per game.
Smith-Rivera is tied for the team lead in scoring with 16.9 points per game, which ranks seventh in the BIG EAST. The sophomore also ranks among the league leaders in free throw percentage (2nd, 87.5%), steals (T9th, 1.3), three-point field goal percentage (7th, 38.9%), three-point field goals made (8th, 1.9) and minutes played (5th, 34.8). He is also third on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game and second on the team with 2.7 assists per game.
GU's backcourt of Starks and Smith-Rivera is averaging 33.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.1 steals. They have combined to score 47.7 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (777 of 1,630). Together, they are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor (245-of-580), 35.9 percent from three-point land and (83-of-231) and 85.4 percent from the free throw line (204-of-239).
Junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), who missed five games with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 7.4 points per game. Since returning to the rotation, Trawick is averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27.0 minutes game.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.7 points, is second on the team with 5.6 rebounds and leads the team with 1.7 blocks per game, which is third in the BIG EAST. Senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks), who had 10 points and nine rebounds against Butler and fell one board shy of his second career double-double, is averaging 5.2 points, leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 1.9 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds, including 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in BIG EAST games. Freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) has started the last nine games and is averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in that span.
The Hoyas rank ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (70.9 points per game) and are fourth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 46.0 percent of their shots. GU ranks third in the league in scoring defense, allowing 66.4 points per game, but the Hoyas are second in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing 67.4 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank first in the league in field goal percentage defense (39.6 percent) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.6 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 37 in the country in field goal percentage defense and No. 47 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Providence enters Monday's game with a 16-8 overall record and a 6-5 mark in the BIG EAST. The Friars, who lost 59-53 at Xavier on Saturday, have lost three of their last four games, the lone win a 77-72 decision at DePaul. Senior guard Bryce Cotton is one of our players scoring in double figures, leading team with 20.8 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST. Cotton, who has hit 51 three-pointers, leads the team with 4.8 assist per game. Junior forward LaDontae Henton is second on the team with 13.8 points and second with 7.3 rebounds, while senior forward Kadeem Batts is third on the team with 12.0 points per game and leads the team with 7.7 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tyler Harris is fourth on the team in scoring with 11.9 points per game. The Friars rank sixth in the league in scoring offense (71.5 ppg) and sixth in scoring defense (67.2). They are shooting 41.5 percent from the floor, which ranks 10th in the BIG EAST, while opponents are shooting 44.1 percent.