Feb. 15, 2014
The Georgetown University men's basketball team will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 16, visiting long-time BIG EAST Conference rival St. John's. Tip-off at Madison Square Garden is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Dick Stockton calling the play-by-play and Tarik Turner handling the color. Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
This is Georgetown's second visit to the World's Most Famous Arena this month, as the Hoyas posted a 64-60 win over then-No. 7-ranked Michigan State on Feb. 1 during Super Saturday Hoops. That win was the start of a current four-game win streak as the Blue & Gray have improved to 15-9 overall and evened their record in the BIG EAST at 6-6.
The meeting with St. John's will be the 101st all-time between the long-time BIG EAST rivals. The Hoyas trail the all-time series, 53-47, but have won the last six games between the teams, including a 77-60 decision last month in D.C. The Hoyas are 16-32 all-time in games played at St. John's. Under Head Coach John Thompson III, Georgetown has a 13-4 record against the Red Storm and a 21-11 record at Madison Square Garden.
Georgetown extended its win streak to four games with an 83-71 win over Providence on Monday at Verizon Center, with four players scoring in double figures, led by sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill), who scored 22 points, had five rebounds and five assists.
Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), scored 14 points, had four assists and three rebounds, junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) had 12 points and three rebounds and freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) added 11 points. Junior center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) scored eight points and 11 rebounds and senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) had eight points, six rebounds and two assists.
Starks was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 10 after averaging 22.5 points and 4.5 assists in wins over DePaul and Butler, his second-straight recognition. He is second on the team, and sixth in the BIG EAST, in scoring with 16.8 points per game ranks and leads the team, and is seventh in the BIG EAST, with 4.0 assists per game.
Starks passed the 1,000-point mark for his career on Jan. 27, becoming the 44th player in program history to pass that mark. He has now scored 1,079 points in 117 games (a 9.2 per game average) and needs six more to pass Bill Bolger ('53) for 35th all-time. In the last seven games, he is averaging 20.6 points and 4.1 assists per game.
Smith-Rivera, who has six games with at least 20 points this season, ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with a team-leading 20.6 points per game. The sophomore also ranks among the league leaders in free throw percentage (2nd, 87.4%), steals (T10th, 1.2), three-point field goal percentage (8th, 39.3%), three-point field goals made (9th, 1.9) and minutes played (5th, 34.9). He is also third on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game and second on the team with 2.8 assists per game.
GU's backcourt of Starks and Smith-Rivera is averaging 33.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.0 steals. They have combined to score 47.5 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (813 of 1,713). Together, they are shooting 42.6 percent from the floor (258-of-605), 35.5 percent from three-point land and (87-of-245) and 85.4 percent from the free throw line (210-of-246).
Junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), who missed five games with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 7.6 points per game. Since returning to the rotation, Trawick is averaging 10.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 25.8 minutes game.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.8 points, is second on the team with 5.8 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) is averaging 5.3 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 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds, including 6.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in BIG EAST games. Freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) has started the last 10 games and is averaging 7.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in that span.
The Hoyas rank ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (71.4 points per game) and are fourth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 46.1 percent of their shots. GU ranks third in the league in scoring defense, allowing 66.6 points per game and are third in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing 67.7 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank first in the league in field goal percentage defense (39.5 percent) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.7 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 27 in the country in field goal percentage defense and No. 37 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
St. John's enters Sunday's game having won four-straight games and seven of its last eight overall. The Red Storm are 16-9 overall and 6-6 in the BIG EAST. After starting league play with five-straight losses, SJU has evened its record with four-straight wins, over Marquette, Providence, Creighton and Seton Hall. Junior guard D'Angelo Harrison leads the team in scoring with 18.0 points per game, which ranks third in the BIG EAST. Harrison has hit a team-high 48 three-pointers and is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. Sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson is second on the team with 12.4 points and leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game. Freshman Rysheed Jordan is third on the team with 8.2 points and leads the team with 3.0 assists per game. Junior Phil Greene is fourth on the team with 7.9 points per game. SJU is averaging 72.9 points per game, fifth in the league, and are sixth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 67.1 points per game. The Red Storm are shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and 33.9 percent from three-point land.