No. 11 Georgetown Closes Out Home Schedule Against No. 17 Syracuse on Senior Day
Feb. 25, 2011
WASHINGTON - The No.11-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team will honor the program's six seniors when it plays its final home game of the regular season, hosting BIG EAST rival and No. 17 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center. Tipoff at The Phonebooth is slated for noon.
The game will be shown live on CBS, with Tim Brando and Mike Gminski calling all of the action. The game can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM with Rich Chvotkin at the microphone.
Pregame ceremonies will honor the six Hoya seniors: guards Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Ryan Dougherty, forward Julian Vaughn and team managers CJ Ciarrocchi and Ray Moss. Those players have combined for 275 career starts in a Georgetown uniform.
Fans are encouraged to be at Verizon Center by 11:30 a.m. to honor the six Georgetown seniors on Saturday.
The Hoyas enter the game with a 21-7 record and a 10-6 mark in the BIG EAST after losing a 58-46 contest against Cincinnati on Wednesday night. The Hoyas are ranked second according to strength of schedule by WarrenNolan.com and are seventh in the RPI Ratings.
The game tomorrow will be the 86th all-time meeting between the programs, with Syracuse holding a 46-39 mark in the series. The Hoyas have won the previous two matchups against the Orange, defeating Syracuse in last year's BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals, 91-84, and winning in New York earlier this season, 64-56, the Blue & Gray's first win at the Carrier Dome since 2002. GU is 20-10 at home against Syracuse and has won three of the last four contests at Verizon Center.
Senior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) leads the squad in scoring and ranks fourth in the BIG EAST, averaging 17.8 points per game. He is 10th in the conference in field goal percentage (50.8%), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (40.6%) and sixth in free throw percentage (85.6%). After scoring 19 points against Cincinnati, Freeman now has 1,694 points in his career and is in ninth place on Georgetown's all-time list. Next up is Kevin Braswell with 1,735 points.
Senior Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College), who is out after undergoing surgery on his left hand, will not start for the first time since his freshman year. Wright, who has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll in each of the last three weeks, is averaging 13.1 points, 5.36 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. His 5.36 assists per game lead the Hoyas, ranks third in the BIG EAST and are 36th in the country.
Senior forward Julian Vaughn (Reston, Va./Oak Hill Academy) ranks fourth on the team in scoring (8.8) and paces the Hoyas in rebounds (6.3) and blocked shots (1.96). His 1.96 blocked shots per game places him fifth in the BIG EAST. Vaughn has also connected on 52.4 percent of his field goals, good for fifth in the conference.
Junior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) is third on the Hoyas in scoring with 12.0 points per game and third in rebounds with 4.0. He has connected on 49.6 percent of his shots from the field and is second on the team with 46 three-point field goals. Sophomore forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) is fifth on the squad in scoring with 8.0 points per game and is second with 4.4 rebounds. He leads the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (46.6%).
The trio of Hoya guards - Freeman, Wright and Clark - have combined to average 42.9 points per game and accounted for 58.8 percent of Georgetown's scoring (1,201 points of 2,042 total).
Georgetown leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage and is tied for sixth nationally, connecting on 48.9 percent from the floor. The Hoyas are second in the league in three-point field goal percentage and 51st in the country, hitting 37.4 percent from long distance. GU is also 23rd in the country in assists per game (15.9).