Feb. 16, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team is back in action on Wednesday night, Feb. 17, hosting long-time BIG EAST Conference rival Seton Hall at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 9:15 p.m.
The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Scott Graham calling the play-by-play and Donny Marshall serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on 99.1 FM WNEW.
This will be the first of three-straight home games for the Hoyas, who also host Xavier on Saturday (Feb. 20), and then have a week off before hosting Butler on Saturday, Feb. 27 in the team's last regular season game at home.
The Hoyas are coming off a heart-breaking loss to then-No. 18 Providence on Saturday in Rhode Island. Georgetown trailed by 20 points at the break and by as many as 26 points before pulling to within one point and falling short, 75-72. Freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) scored 18 points, had nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) finished with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy), making his first career start, scored 13 points before fouling out, sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]) chipped in 12 points and sophomore forward Trey Mourning (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) added 10 points and five rebounds.
Georgetown has a 14-12 overall record and is tied for fifth place in the BIG EAST with a 7-6 league record.
Copeland was selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after his performance in two games last week, a 92-67 GU win over St. John's and the loss to Providence. He averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and .2.5 assists while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor (12-of-21). Copeland tied his career high of 23 points with eight rebounds and three assists against St. John's and scored 12 points and had two assists at Providence.
Overall this season, he is third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.7 points per game, and is second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game. In the last four games, he is averaging 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) leads the Blue & Gray in scoring, and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST, with 16.2 points per game. Smith-Rivera, who was held to three points at Providence and had a streak of 14-straigth games in double figures end, ranks sixth all-time in scoring at Georgetown with 1,806 points, a 14.7 per game average in 123 career games. He needs 34 points to pass Othella Harrington ('96) for fifth place all-time. DSR also ranks second all-time with 238 3-point field goals and needs three more to pass Jonathan Wallace ('08) for the all-time lead in that category.
In BIG EAST Conference games, Smith-Rivera is tied for fourth in the league with 17.5 points and fourth in assists, averaging 4.8 per game. His 24-point effort against St. John's gave him 1,025 career points in conference games (1,028 now) and he is the first-ever Georgetown player to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in BIG EAST history.
Peak has scored in double figures in each of the last eight games, averaging 16.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in that span while shooting 56.2 percent from the floor (41-of-73) and 47.8 percent from 3-point land (11-of-23). Overall this season, he is second on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game and is shooting 48.3 percent from the floor. Since moving to the bench at the start of conference play, Peak is averaging 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Govan made his first career start in game at Providence, in place of senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), who is out indefinitely after breaking his left hand in practice last Thursday. Hayes was averaging 8.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Derrickson and Govan are tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 6.7 points per game. Derrickson, who has scored in double figures eight times this year, is averaging 4.6 rebounds and leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 39.0 percent of his shots. Govan is averaging 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game and also ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage, hitting 84.9 percent of his shots from the line. Junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic), who scored 12 points and had six rebounds off the bench against St. John's, is seventh on the team in scoring with 6.4 points.
The game with Seton Hall on Saturday will be the 101st meeting all-time between the schools, with Georgetown holding a 56-44 advantage in the series. Seton Hall won the first meeting this season, 69-61, earlier this month in New Jersey. The Hoyas won both games last year and have won five of the last nine meetings between the teams. Georgetown is 30-12 at home all-time against the Pirates.