No. 12 Georgetown Meets No. 13 St. John's in First Round of BIG EAST Tournament on Tuesday
March 9, 2009
NEW YORK, N.Y. -
The Georgetown University men's basketball will take to the floor at Madison Square Garden for the second time in a week on Tuesday, March 10, playing St. John's in the first round of the BIG EAST Conference Tournament. Tip-off for the game is slated for approximately 2 p.m. It will be the second game of the day, following a game between South Florida and Cincinnati.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 980 AM, with Rich Chvotkin providing all of the action. Fans can also watch a live video stream of the game by visiting www.bigeast.tv.
The Hoyas finished the regular season with a 16-13 overall record and placed 12th in the league with a 7-11 record. St. John's enters the tournament with a 15-16 overall record, including a 6-12 mark in conference play.
Georgetown faces St. John's for the second time in the last seven days, as the Hoyas played the penultimate game of their regular season against the Red Storm, falling last Tuesday, 59-56, in overtime. SJU leads the head-to-head series between the teams, 51-40. The Hoyas have won five of the last six meetings and seven of the last 10 overall. Georgetown holds a 5-0 advantage between the teams in BIG EAST Tournament play. This will be the first meeting between the Hoyas and SJU in the BIG EAST Tournament since the Blue & Gray posted a 68-64 win during the 1992 semifinals.
The Hoyas have been led by a starting five that has accounted for more than 80 percent of the team's scoring, led by junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), who leads the team with 13.6 points per game. Summers, who averages 4.2 rebounds per game and is shooting 47.6 percent from the floor, has scored in double figures 24 times this season and leads the team with 48 three-pointers.
Freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox), who was named to the league's All-Rookie Team on Sunday, is second on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.6 boards per game. Monroe, who ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage by connecting on 57.3 percent of his shots, leads the team in steals (1.93 spg), blocked shots (1.41 bpg) and is second on the team in assists (2.62).
Sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) is third on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game and leads the team in assists, handing out 3.72 per game, which ranks 13th in the BIG EAST. Wright, who is 13th in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio, is averaging 14.1 points and 4.3 assists in the last seven games.
Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) is fourth on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg), second in rebounding (4.3 rpg), third in assists (2.0 apg) and third in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.9 percent of his shots from the field. Freeman, who missed the St. John's game last week due to a hip pointer, has scored in double figures 17 times this season and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in the regular season finale 48-40 win over DePaul on Saturday.
Off the bench, senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) is averaging 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Sapp, who has started 22 games this season, is second on the team with 32 three-pointers. Freshman guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) is contributing 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.
The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament, facing No. 5 Marquette on Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. That game will be broadcast live on ESPN, with Dan Shulman, Len Elmore and Allen Hopkins calling the game.