WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s basketball team is back in action on Wednesday, March 8, playing St. John’s in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be shown live on FS1, 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 99.1 FM.
The Hoyas, seeded No. 9, enter the tournament with a 14-17 overall record, including a 5-13 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, while the Red Storm are 13-18 and were 7-11 in league play. Georgetown enters the confer-ence tournament having lost its last five games and seven of the last eight overall.
The meeting with St. John’s will be the 108th all-time between the programs, with the Red Storm leading the head-to-head series, 56-51. The Blue & Gray won the first meeting of the season between the teams, 83-55, in early January, and SJU won, 86-80, at home on Feb. 25. Georgetown has won three of the last four games in the se-ries and nine of the last 12 meetings overall. The Hoyas have a 16-7 record against SJU under Head Coach John Thompson III, but St. John’s has a 35-17 edge in games played at MSG
Graduate student Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) was named honorable mention All-BIG EAST on Sunday as the conference office announced its postseason award winners. Pryor leads Georgetown in scoring, and ranks third in the BIG EAST, with 18.1 points per game. He is also tied for the team lead in rebounds, with 5.0 per game. Pryor has hit a team-best 81 3-point field goals and ranks third in the BIG EAST in that category.
A transfer from Robert Morris who was a two-time All-Northeast Conference selection, Pryor’s 560 points rank among the top-25 all-time for a single season at Georgetown. His 81 3-point field goals are the second-most in a single season at Georgetown. He was named BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week once this season (Nov. 14) and earned a spot on the weekly honor roll four times.
Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney is second on the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game, leads the team with 3.5 assists and is fifth with 3.8 rebounds. Peak ranks among the BIG EAST leaders in scoring (11th, 16.0), assists (5th, 3.5), field goal percentage (14th, 47.6%) free throw percentage (8th, 80.9%), assist/turnover ratio (12th, 1.3), and minutes played (6th, 33.1 mpg).
Sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy), who has scored in double figures 16 times this season, is third on the team in scoring with 10.2 points and is tied for the team lead with 5.0 rebounds, which ranks 21st in the league
Sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.2 points and fifth with 4.2 rebounds per game. Junior forward Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central/Louisville) is averaging 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Junior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian/Allegany CC [Md.]), who has started the last 11 games, is averaging 3.6 points and 1.9 assists, while freshman guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) is averaging 4.2 points, 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds.
St. John’s enters the BIG EAST Tournament with a 13-18 overall record, including a 7-11 mark in conference play this season. The Red Storm closed out the regular season with an 86-75 loss to Providence on Saturday and has lost four of its final five games. Freshman guard Marcus Lovett leads the team with 16.4 points and 3.5 as-sists while connecting on 50 3-point field goals. Freshman, guard Shamorie Ponds leads the team in scoring with 17.6 points, is averaging 3.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds and has a team-high 70 3-pointers. Junior forward Bashir Ahmed is third on the team with 13.4 points and leads the team with 5.6 rebounds. SJU ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (77.2 ppg) and 10th in the league in scoring defense (78.0 ppg).
The winner of the Georgetown-St. John’s game advances to the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals to face top-seeded Villanova on Thursday, March 9 (noon).