WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team returns home on Saturday, Feb. 11, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival Marquette at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for noon.
The game will be shown live on FOX, with Tim Brando calling the play-by-play, Stephen Bardo serving as the color analyst and Lisa Byington on the sidelines. Fans locally can tune in to the radio broadcast of Rich Chvotkin on 106.7 FM The Fan.
The Hoyas are coming off a 75-64 loss to No. 2 Villanova on Tuesday at The Pavilion in Pennsylvania. GU came back from a 17-point second half deficit and pulled to within two points in the final three minutes before the Wildcats pulled away for the win. It was the second-straight loss for the Blue & Gray, who enter the weekend with a 13-12 overall record and a 4-8 mark in the BIG EAST Conference.
This will be the second meeting of the season between the Hoyas and the Golden Eagles, the first a 76-66 Marquette win in the BIG EAST opener for both teams on Dec. 28. Overall, it will be the 23rd meeting all-time between Georgetown and Marquette, with the series tied at 11 wins apiece. The Hoyas are 6-2 at home against the Golden Eagles. The games in this series have been closely contested, with 16 of the 20 meetings since Marquette joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06 decided by 10 points or less. The average margin of victory in the 20 games played since 2005-06 is 9.1 points, with three games going to overtime. In games at Verizon Center, the margin is only 8.5 points.
In Tuesday's game at Villanova, junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 21 points and handed out six assists to lead the Hoyas, while graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) had 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Pryor, who was selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, has scored in double figures 23 times this season, including 12 games with at least 20 points. He leads Georgetown -- and ranks third in the BIG EAST -- with 18.2 points per game. He leads the team with 5.0 rebounds and is fifth with 1.3 assists. Pryor has hit a team-high 63 3-pointers, which ranks third in the league.
Peak is second on the team in scoring (16.4 ppg), leads the team in assists (3.6 apg) and is fifth on the team in rebounding (4.0 rpg). Peak ranks among the BIG EAST leaders in scoring (10th, 16.4), assists (8th, 3.6), free throw percentage (9th, 80.8%), assist/turnover ratio (9th, 1.3), and minutes played (3rd, 33.5 mpg). He has scored in double figures in 10-straight games, averaging 17.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists in that span.
Sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy), who has scored in double figures 12 times this season, is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.6 points and is second on the team with 4.9 rebounds. He tied a season high with 20 points in the win over Butler on Jan. 28 and has scored in double figures in three of the last five games, averaging 12.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in that span.
Sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]), who missed four games earlier in the season, is fourth on the team with 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville), who has two games with double figure rebounds this season, is averaging 4.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. His five blocks against Seton Hall were the most by a Georgetown player since Mikael Hopkins had five against Creighton in 2014.
Junior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian/Allegany CC [Md.]), who has started the last five games, is averaging 3.9 points and 1.8 assists overall. In the last six games, he is averaging 4.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Marquette enters Saturday's game with a 15-9 overall record and a 6-6 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles have lost three of their last four games, the lone win a 92-79 decision at DePaul. The Golden Eagles are 2-4 on the road in the BIG EAST, with wins at Creighton and DePaul. Freshman guard Markus Howard is one of six players scoring in double figures for Marquette, leading the team with 12.3 points, while connecting on a team-best 55 3-pointers. Senior center Luke Fischer is second on the team with 12.1 points per game and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jajuan Johnson is third on the team in points (11.7 ppg), rebounds (4.5 rpg) and assists (2.6 apg), while graduate guard Katin Reinhardt if fourth with 10.9 points and junior guard Andrew Rowsey and sophomore guard Hannif Cheatham are tied for fifth on the team with 10.5 points per game. The Golden Eagles rank second in the BIG EAST in scoring offense, averaging 82.9 points per game and are ninth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 74.6 points per game.