Georgetown Travels North to Take on No. 23/22 Syracuse
Feb. 13, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University men's basketball team travels north to take on BIG EAST rival No. 23/22 Syracuse on Saturday, Feb. 14 at Carrier Dome. Tip-off at Carrier Dome is slated for 12 noon. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Dave Pasch and Len Elmore calling the game. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM, with Rich Chvotkin at the microphone.
Georgetown enters the game with a 13-9 overall record and a 4-7 mark in the BIG EAST after a 57-47 loss to Cincinnati last Saturday afternoon.
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, and at then-No. 3 Duke.
Tomorrow's game will be the 81st all-time meeting between Georgetown and Syracuse. The Orange lead the head-to-head series, 43-37, but fell to the Hoyas 88-74 at Verizon Center on January 14. The Blue and Gray have dropped its last four games at the Carrier Dome, last winning during the 2001-02 season.
Junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) leads the Hoyas in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game. Summers was held to seven points in the Hoyas loss to Cincinnati, only the third time he has been held under double-figures. He scored a team-high 22 points in the loss at Marquette two SaturdayÂÂfs ago, moving him past the 1,000-point mark for his career as he became the 40th player in Georgetown history to accomplish that feat.
Freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) is second on the team in scoring with 13.0 points per game and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds. Monroe has scored in double-figures in the Hoyas last 13 games, including a team-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals in the loss to Cincinnati last Saturday.
Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) is third on the team in scoring and tied for second in rebounding, averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 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 12.0 points per game, leads the team with 3.5 assists per game.
Senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) is fifth on the team in scoring with 6.4 points per game. He scored a team-high 11 points in the Hoyas last win over Rutgers.
Syracuse enters the game with a 18-7 overall record and a 6-6 record in the BIG EAST. The Orange have dropped its last five of six games, including losses 63-49 loss to No. 1 UConn and a 102-85 loss to No. 13 Villanova. Sophomore guard Jonny Flynn leads the team in scoring (17.2 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg). Junior guard Eric Devendorf is second on the team in scoring averaging 15.3 points per game and sophomore forward Paul Harris is third on the team scoring 12.8 points per game while leading the team with 8.2 rebounds. The Orange are shooting 48.4 percent from the floor, 34.5 from the three-point land and 63.7 percent from the free throw line.