March 3, 2014
WASHINGTON - Prior to its tip-off on Tuesday, March 4 against Creighton, the Georgetown University men's basketball team will honor eight seniors participating in their final regular season game at Verizon Center. The Hoyas' game against the Bluejays starts at 7 p.m. Fans looking to attend the senior ceremony should arrive approximately 30 minutes before tip-off.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk 570 AM.
Georgetown fell to 16-12 overall and 7-9 in the BIG EAST Conference with a heart-breaking 75-73 loss on Thursday night at Marquette. GU has won five of its last eight games overall.
Before tipping it off for the final time this regular season at Verizon Center, Head Coach John Thompson III and the Georgetown basketball program will recognize three senior managers - Edwin Bradley III, Chance Harvey and Tommy Petriccione - as well as five senior players - center Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]), guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]), guard John Caprio (North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) and guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep).
Starks led the Hoyas in the loss to Marquette, scoring 24 points, the 10th time this season he has scored at least 20 points. Starks passed the 1,000-point mark for his career last month, becoming the 44th player in program history to pass that mark. He has now scored 1,151 points in 121 games (a 9.5 per game average) and needs 41 more points to pass Merlin Wilson ('76) for 29th place all-time..
Overall this season, Starks leads the team in scoring with 17.0 points per game and leads the team with 3.9 assists per game. He ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring, eighth in the league in assists and sixth in free throw percentage (84.6%). Overall this season, he has played 91.5 percent of the team's minutes (1,094-of-1,130) played. In the last eight games, he is averaging 18.4 points and 3.5 assists.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) is second on the team with 16.9 points per game, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST Conference. He is second on the team with 2.8 assists, third on the team with 4.5 rebounds and leads the team with 1.2 steals per game. In BIG EAST games, he is averaging 17.6 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 (3rd, 86.3%), steals (9th, 1.2), three-point field goal percentage (8th, 39.6%), three-point field goals made (9th, 1.9) and minutes played (5th, 35.1).
GU's backcourt of Starks and Smith-Rivera is averaging 33.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.0 steals. They have combined to score 47.7 percent of Georgetown's total points this season (948 of 1,987). Together, they are shooting 42.7 percent from the floor (300-of-703), 35.4 percent from three-point land and (99-of-280) and 85.6 percent from the free throw line (249-of-291)..
Junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), who missed five games with a broken jaw, is fourth on the team with 8.6 points per game. Since returning to the rotation, Trawick is averaging 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (30-of-60) in 28.4 minutes game.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.5 points, is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds and leads the team with 1.5 blocks per game, which is tied for third in the BIG EAS, while Lubick is averaging 5.4 points, leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 1.9 assists.
The Hoyas rank ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (71.0 points per game) and are fifth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 45.8 percent of their shots. GU ranks sixth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 67.5 points per game and is fourth in that category in BIG EAST games, allowing 68.5 points per game. The Blue & Gray rank third in the league in field goal percentage defense (40.9 percent) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (32.2 percent).
Creighton enters tonight's game with a 23-5 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the BIG EAST following a 75-69 loss at Xavier on Saturday. The Bluejays are 7-3 on the road this season, including a 5-3 mark in conference play. Creighton has won four of its last five games and eight of the last 10 overall. Senior All-American Doug McDermott is one of two players scoring in double figures for the Bluejays, leading the team, and the BIG EAST, with 26.0 points per game. He is also grabbing a team-best 6.9 rebounds and has hit 66 three-pointers. Senior forward Ethan Wragge is second on the team with 11.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Wragge has hit a team-best 91 three-point field goals and all but two of his made field goals have come outside the arc this season. Senior guard Jahenns Manigat is third on the team with 7.6 points while junior guard Austin Chatman is averaging 7.5 points and a team-high 4.3 assists per game. The Bluejays are averaging 80.6 points per game while allowing 66.6 points per game. They rank first in the league in scoring offense and second in the league in scoring defense.
The game with Creighton will be the third meeting all-time between the schools, with the Bluejays leading the series, 2-0. Creighton won the first meeting between the teams, 80-79, during the 1970-71 season at the Gold Coast Classic in Florida. This is Creighton's first regular season trip to Verizon Center.
In the last meeting between the teams, Starks scored 21 points and had five assists and Georgetown had chances to cut into a Creighton lead in the second half, but could get no closer than six points as the Hoyas lost to the Blue Jays on Jan. 25. Smith-Rivera added 18 points, five rebounds and three assists, Hopkins added 14 points and had five rebounds and Lubick grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and had three assists.