Feb. 19, 2014
WASHINGTON - A four-game win streak was snapped on Sunday night in New York City and the Georgetown University men's basketball team headed north again on Wednesday, traveling to play at Seton Hall on Thursday night, Feb. 20. Tip-off at the Prudential Center is slated for 9 p.m.
The game will be shown live on CBS College Sports Network, with Tom McCarthy handling the play-by-play and Steve Lappas serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown had a four-game win streak snapped on Sunday night in New York City and enters the game against Seton Hall with a 15-10 overall record and a 6-7 mark in the BIG EAST.
In the loss at St. John's on Sunday, sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored a team-high 15 points, while senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), and junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) had 13 points apiece.
Smith-Rivera was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, the fifth time this season that he has been selected to the honor roll. The sophomore guard averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas, including an 83-71 win over Providence last Monday at home. In two games, he shot 61.9 percent from the floor (13-of-21) and was 88.9 percent from the free throw line (8-of-9).
In the Providence win on Monday, Smith-Rivera scored 22 points, had five rebounds and five assists to lead the Hoyas. It was his fifth game with at least 20 points this season. He scored 15 points and had three assists on Sunday night.
Overall this season, Smith-Rivera leads the Hoyas in scoring with 17.0 points per game, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference. He is second on the team with 2.8 assists, third on the team with 4.7 rebounds and leads the team with 1.2 steals per game. In BIG EAST games, he is averaging 18.0 points per game. Smith-Rivera, who has six games with at least 20 points this season, also ranks among the league leaders in free throw percentage (2nd, 87.6%), steals (9th, 1.2), three-point field goal percentage (8th, 39.2%), three-point field goals made (10th, 1.9) and minutes played (5th, 35.0).
Starks 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 eighth in the BIG EAST, with 3.9 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 1,092 points in 118 games (a 9.2 per game average) and needs 10 more to pass Jim Christy (`64) for 34th all-time. In the last eight games, he is averaging 19.6 points and 3.8 assists per game.
GU's backcourt of Starks and Smith-Rivera is averaging 33.6 points,6.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.0 steals. They have combined to score 47.4 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (841 of 1,773). Together, they are shooting 42.5 percent from the floor (268-of-630), 35.0 percent from three-point land and (89-of-254) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (216-of-252).
Junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), who missed five games with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 7.9 points per game. Since returning to the rotation, Trawick is averaging 11.2 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 51.4 percent from the floor (18-of-35) in 25.2 minutes game.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.5 points, is second on the team with 5.7 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 5.4 points, leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 2.0 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds, including 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in BIG EAST games. Freshman forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) has started the last 11 games and is averaging 6.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in that span.
The Hoyas rank ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (70.9 points per game) and are fourth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 46.0 percent of their shots. GU ranks fourth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 67.2 points per game and is third in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing 68.2 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank first in the league in field goal percentage defense (40.2 percent) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (31.1 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.
Seton Hall enters Thursday night's game with a 13-12 overall record and a 4-8 mark in the BIG EAST. The Pirates, who are coming off a 68-67 loss to St. John's last Thursday, have lost three-straight games and five of the last seven overall. Senior guard Fuquan Edwin is one of four players scoring in double figures, leading the team with 14.2 points per game. Sophomore guard Sterling Gibbs is second on the team with 14.1 points and leads the team with 4.2 assists per game, while Brian Oliver is third on the team with 12.0 points and has hit a team-high 71 three-point field goals, and senior center Eugene Teague is averaging 10.1 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds. The Pirates are third in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (73.8 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (45.5%) and second in three-point field goal percentage (36.3%). SHU ranks ninth in the league in scoring defense (70.8 ppg) and seventh in field goal percentage defense (44.0%).
The game with Seton Hall on Thursday will be the 97th all-time meeting between the schools, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 55-40. The Pirates posted a 67-57 win over the Hoyas last month in D.C., their first win in the Nation's Capital since 2002-03. The Blue & Gray have won seven of the last 10 games overall between the teams, but Seton Hall has won two of the last three games in New Jersey. Georgetown has a 7-3 record against Seton Hall under Head Coach John Thompson III.