Nov. 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team returns to the Nation's Capital on Wednesday, Nov. 13, hosting Wright State for its home opener at Verizon Center. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Dick Stockton and Stu Jackson calling all of the action. Locally, fans can tune in to the radio broadcast of Rich Chvotkin, in his 40th year behind the microphone, on SportsTalk 570. Fans can also listen to the game via the Georgetown mobile app on their phones.
Georgetown has traveled a long way to get to its home opener, with the round trip from Dulles International Airport to Incheon International Airport in South Korea totaling 13,866 miles.
The trip to Verizon Center for Wednesday night's game with Wright State will not be as long, with just a few minutes between the campus on the Hilltop and the team's downtown home.
"It was a lot of fun and it was a great experience for us," senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) said. "It was disappointing to not come away with a win, but we're looking forward to getting back home and playing in front of our fans."
The Hoyas enter their home opener on Wednesday night with an 0-1 record following an 82-75 loss to the Ducks in the Armed Forces Classic, held at Camp Humphreys, a United States Army base in Seoul, South Korea.
Junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) scored a game-high 25 points to lead four players in double figures, while senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 16 points and four assists, junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added 11 points and three rebounds and junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.
The Hoyas have a 7-2 record in home openers under Head Coach John Thompson III, winning the last seven at Verizon Center.
The matchup with the Raiders will be the first ever between Georgetown and Wright State. GU has an all-time record of 10-5 against teams from the Horizon League. Wright State, 82-49 winners over Mount St. Joseph in its season opener, were picked to finish in second place in the Horizon League this year, with 6-8 senior forward Cole Darling earning preseason all-league honors.
"They are a very good team," Head Coach John Thompson III said. "When we were putting the schedule together, I looked at them as an NCAA Tournament team. They are one of the favorites. When I said a couple of weeks ago that this is the hardest schedule we've ever had, I was not talking about the Kansas', Michigan State's or Oregon that the layman will know. I'm thinking about the Wright State's and the Elon's that the casual fan may not know but they are going to end up, likely, as an NCAA Tournament team. They're a very good team and they're a veteran team, so it's going to be a difficult test and that's by design."
Georgetown University is working with The Katie Couric Show to collect a month's worth of art supplies for Life Pieces to Masterpieces, a non-profit whose founder Mary Brown was recognized with the 2013 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of Dream Award. All fans are being asked to purchase donation items from university bookstore representatives, located in concourse 102. With your support, we can help fill the holiday wishes of this local organization.