Georgetown Makes Final Preparations for Kansas in Maui Invitational
Nov. 20, 2011
Maui, Hawaii - After two days of events and practices, the Georgetown University men's basketball team will play its first game in the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 21, tipping off against No.14 Kansas at 11:50 p.m. (ET). The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery calling all of the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin, beginning his 38th year behind the microphone, can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown enters the game with a 2-0 overall record following an 83-54 win over Savannah State in the season opener on Nov. 12 and an 86-45 win over UNC Greensboro during a Mainland game of the Maui Invitational. Kansas is 1-1 after a win over Towson and a loss to Kentucky.
This will be Georgetown's second-ever appearance in the Maui Invitational, the last coming during the 1999 season, when the Hoyas beat Memphis in the first round and went 1-2 during the visit. Head Coach John Thompson III has an all-time record of 2-1 as a head coach in Hawaii, leading the Hoyas to a pair of wins at the Rainbow Classic during the 2004-05 season.
The matchup with Kansas will be only the second-ever between the teams, with Georgetown holding a 1-0 lead in the head-to-head series. The Hoyas won the first game, 70-57, during the 1987 NCAA Tournament.
Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) leads the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game, while grabbing 4.0 rebounds, and is shooting 66.7 percent. He scored 19 points in the team's win over UNC Greensboro on Monday.
Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) is second on the team with 13.5 points per game and leads the team with 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) is averaging 13.0 points and contributing 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Six other players average at least 5.0 points per game, with sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 9.5 points per game and sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) adding 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Thompson and Clark led the Hoyas in the win over UNC Greensboro, combining to score 30 points in the first half, with Clark scoring all 17 of his points in the opening 20 minutes, as Georgetown took a 41-16 lead at halftime. The Georgetown bench accounted for 110 minutes of a possible 200 minutes played, with five freshmen - Tyler Adams (Brandon, Miss./Brandon), Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central), Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) and Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) - totaling 93 minutes of action. Hopkins finished with six points and six rebounds, while Porter added five points, four rebounds four assists and two steals and Trawick added six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Frosh Five have combined to average 23.0 points, 17.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 74.0 minutes per game. Porter leads the group with 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals, while Whittington is averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds and Trawick is averaging 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. Hopkins is averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds and Adams made his first appearance of the season with seven minutes against UNC Greensboro. Redshirt freshman Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA) is averaging 2.5 points per game.
The Hoyas will play either UCLA or Chaminade in the second round of the tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 22. A win would have the Blue & Gray playing in the winner's bracket at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. A loss would place the team in the loser's bracket and they would play at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.