Feb. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 9-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team will seek to close out a two-game road trip with a pair of wins when the Hoyas play at Seton Hall on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Tipoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on MASN, with Eamon Macananey and Jim Spanarkel calling all of the action. Locally, fans can tune in to Sports Talk AM 570 for the radio call from Rich Chvotkin.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll, enter the game with a 20-5 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the BIG EAST following a 63-53 win over St. John's at Providence on Saturday. Georgetown, ranked No. 13 in the country in the latest RPI ratings from warrennolan.com and No. 19 according to strength of schedule, have won four of its last five games and seven of the last nine overall.
Under the direction of Head Coach John Thompson III, the Hoyas have won at least 20 games six times in the past eight years. Georgetown is also one of only three BIG EAST schools to win at least 10 conferences games six times since the 2005-06 season.
The game with Seton Hall will mark the 94th meeting all-time between the schools, with Georgetown leading the series, 54-39. The Hoyas have won the last two games and six of the last seven overall. The Blue & Gray have a 21-23 all-time record in New Jersey and have won two of the last three road games in the series.
Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) leads the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game, which ranks 16th in the BIG EAST, and is shooting 48.8 percent from the floor. Clark, who has scored in double figures 20 times this season, is averaging 14.1 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.4 percent from the floor against conference opponents.
Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) is second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points, third with 5.5 rebounds and leads the team in field goal percentage (49.6%). Thompson, who has reached double figures in scoring 21 times this season, has connected on a team-high 49 three-point field goals and leads the BIG EAST in three-point percentage (47.5%). Thompson had
Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph), who entered the season with three games in double figures in scoring in 88 career games, has reached double figures 16 times this season. Overall, he is third on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg), second in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and leads the team in assists (3.60 apg). Sims is the only player in the BIG EAST in the top-15 in assists and blocks.
Freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central) is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per game and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds, which ranks 13th in the BIG EAST. Among all BIG EAST freshmen, Porter is 12th in scoring and fifth in rebounding. In league games, he averages 8.8 points and 7.4 rebounds. Against Syracuse, Porter recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is fifth on the team in scoring with 8.0 points per game, is shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and is third on the team with 33 three-point field goals (39.8%). Sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 4.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and is second on the team with 2.1 assists per game. In the last two games, Lubick is averaging 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
Seton Hall enters Tuesday's game with an 18-9 overall record and a 7-8 BIG EAST record after a 62-57 loss at Cincinnati on Saturday. The Pirates loss ended a three-game win streak. SHU has lost seven of its last 10 overall. Senior guard Jordan Theodore leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and assists (6.8 apg), while senior forward Herb Pope is averaging 15.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.