Feb. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team left the Nation's Capital on Valentine's Day and headed to Cincinnati for a meeting with the Bearcats on Friday, Feb. 15 at Fifth Third Arena. The game tips off at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Georgetown extended its win streak to six games - the longest in the BIG EAST currently - with a 63-55 win over No. 18 Marquette on Monday night at Verizon Center, improving to 18-4 overall and 8-3 in league play, a tie for first place. The Hoyas, ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches' poll, have won eight of their last nine games.
The meeting with Cincinnati will be the 11th all-time between the schools, with the Bearcats holding a 6-4 advantage in the head-to-head series. Georgetown has lost the last four games between the teams, its last win a 74-74 decision at home during the 2009-10 season. The Hoyas last win at Cincinnati was a 73-53 victory during the 2007-08 season.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central), who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor on Monday for the fifth time this season, scored 21 points in the win over the Golden Eagles. He had 19 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Rutgers last Saturday, his sixth double-double of the season. He has scored in double figures 18 times this season, including the last nine games.
Porter Jr. leads the team in scoring (15.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.9 rebounds per game) and is third on the team in assists (2.5), is second on the team in blocks (21) and leads the team in steals (39). He ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in scoring, third in the league in rebounds, but also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (ninth, 50.4%), three-point field goal percentage (third, 454.3%), steals (sixth, 1.86 spg), minutes played (10th, 34.10 mpg) and defensive rebounds (2nd, 6.05 rpg). In BIG EAST games, Porter Jr. is fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game.
Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), who scored a team-high 20 points in the win at Rutgers, is second on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game and is tied for the team lead with 2.9 assists per game. Starks leads the team with 38 three-point field goals and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage, connecting on 42.2 percent of his shots (38-of-90). He is 12th in the league in three-point field goals made.
Junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.5 points, third with 5.2 rebounds and tied for the team lead with 2.9 assists, while sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), who scored a career-high 14 points in the Rutgers win, is averaging 6.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, which ranks ninth in the BIG EAST.
Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) is averaging 9.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the last nine games.
The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defensive effort this season, holding opponents to under 60 points in 15 of its 22 games. GU's opponents are averaging 55.7 points per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 7 nationally. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 37.8 percent shooting from the field, which is second in the conference. GU has limited eight of its last nine opponents to below 40 percent shooting from the field.