WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s basketball team will play its final two regular season road games in the next week, starting on Saturday, Feb. 25 when the Hoyas visit Madison Square Garden for a matchup with long-time BIG EAST Conference rival St. John’s. Tipoff at the World’s Most Famous Arena is slated for noon.
The game will be shown live on the FOX Sports Network, with a local broadcast on MASN2. Justin Kutcher will handle the play-by-play, with Donny Marshall serving as the color analyst. The game can also be seen on Fox Sports Arizona, Detroit, Midwest, North, Ohio, South, Southwest, Sun, West and Wisconsin, as well as the Yes Network, Root Sports (Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain), the Ocean State Networks and WCUU in Chicago. Fans locally can tune into the radio broadcast of Rich Chvotkin on 106.7 FM The Fan.
The Hoyas are coming off a 67-65 home loss to DePaul on Wednesday, as the team fell to 14-14 overall and 5-10 in the BIG EAST Conference. Sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) scored 18 points and had five rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) added 14 points and five rebounds and sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) chipped in 11 points and two rebounds.
The meeting with St. John’s will be the 107th all-time between the programs, with the Red Storm leading the head-to-head series, 55-51. The Blue & Gray won the first meeting of the season between the teams, 83-55, in early January. Georgetown has won three-straight games in the series and nine of the last 11 meetings overall. The Hoyas have a 16-6 record against SJU under Head Coach John Thompson III, but St. John’s has a 34-17 edge in games played at MSG.
In the first meeting, junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists to lead four players in double figures. Freshman guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) added 13 points and six rebounds, while Pryor had 13 points and eight rebounds and Derrickson netted 11 points.
Pryor, who has scored in double figures 26 times this season, including 14 games with at least 20 points, leads Georgetown in scoring, and ranks third in the BIG EAST, with 18.1 points per game. He leads the team with 5.1 rebounds and ranks tied for 19th in the conference in that category. Pryor has hit a team-high 70 3-point field goals, which ranks tied for third in the BIG EAST. He has scored in double figures in 12-straight games, averaging 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in that span.
Overall this season, Peak is second on the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game, leads the team with 3.6 assists and is fifth with 4.1 rebounds. Peak ranks among the BIG EAST leaders in scoring (9th, 16.4), assists (6th, 3.6), free throw percentage (9th, 80.1%), assist/turnover ratio (12th, 1.4), steals (15th, 1.1) and minutes played (2nd, 33.8 mpg). He has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 13 games, averaging 18.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in that span.
Govan, who has scored in double figures 15 times this season, is fourth on the team in scoring with 10.5 points and is second on the team with 5.0 rebounds, which ranks 21st in the league. He has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games, averaging 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor.
Derrickson is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.3 points and fifth with 4.0 rebounds per game. Junior forward Akoy Agua (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville), who has three games with double-figure rebounds this season, is averaging 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Junior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian/Allegany CC [Md.]), who has started the last seven games, is averaging 3.7 points and 1.9 assists, while Mosely is averaging 4.5 points and 2.5 assists.
St. John’s enters Saturday’s game with a 12-16 overall record and a 6-9 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Red Storm are coming off a 93-71 loss at Marquette on Tuesday. SJU has lost its last two games and four of the last six overall. Freshman guard Marcus Lovett leads the team with 17.2 points and 3.5 assists while connecting on 48 3-point field goals. Fellow freshman, guard Shamorie Ponds, is second on the team with 17.1 points, is averaging 3.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds and has a team-high 65 3-pointers. Junior forward Bashir Ahmed is third on the team with 13.4 points and leads the team with 5.5 rebounds. SJU ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (77.3 ppg) and 10th in the league in scoring defense (77.5 ppg).