Georgetown Plays Northeastern in Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday Afternoon
Nov. 20, 2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico -
The Georgetown University men's basketball team made final preparations today for its first round game in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, to be played on Thursday, Nov. 21 at12:30 p.m. (ET) against Northeastern at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente.
The game will be shown live on ESPNU, with Alvaro Martin calling the play-by-play and LaPhonso Ellis handling the color. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin, in his 40th year behind the microphone, can be heard on Sports Talk 570 AM.
The Hoyas held a practice at a local school in San Juan on Wednesday morning before heading over to the Coliseo Roberto Clemente at 1 p.m. local time (noon ET) for a one-hour shootaround.
While there for the shootaround, Head Coach John Thompson III visiting with the ESPN talent calling the game, as well as ESPN's Dave O'Brien, who is calling the night session games with Dan Dakich.
Georgetown enters the weekend with a 1-1 record following a season-opening 82-75 loss to No. 19 Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic, played at Camp Humphreys in South Korea, and an 88-70 win over Wright State last week at home. The game against Northeastern will be the first for the Hoyas in eight days.
The meeting with the Huskies from Northeastern will be only the second between the two teams. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 1-0, posting an 85-66 win during the 1979-80 season. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 22-5 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Conference.
This is also Georgetown's first visit to Puerto Rico since the 1984-85 season, when the Blue & Gray played in the Copa Novidad Tournament, beating Tennessee State (77-64) and North Carolina A&T (61-56).
Under JTIII, this is the seventh time the team has played in an in-season tournament since his arrival to the Hilltop in 2004-05. The Hoyas have played in in-season tournaments in each of the last four seasons - the Charleston Classic in 2010-11, the Maui Classic in 2011-12 and the Legends Classic in 2012-13. Under JTIII, the Hoyas have a 12-4 record in those in-season tournaments.
Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game, while also adding 5.0 assists per game.
Junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) is second on the team in scoring with 15.5 points per game and leads the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 63.2 percent of his shots from the field, while sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) is third with 15.0 points per game, while adding 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) is contributing 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds and senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is chipping in 4.5 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game.
Northeastern enters the game with a 1-2 record. The Huskies opened the season with losses to Boston University (72-69) and at Stony Brook (73-66) before beating Central Connecticut State (83-69) on Saturday. Junior forward Scott Eatherton is averaging a team-high 14.0 points and a team-best 10.0 rebounds per game. He is one of four players in double figures in scoring for Northeastern, along with sophomore guard Zach Stahl (12.0 ppg), sophomore guard David Walker (11.7 ppg) and junior guard Demetrius Pollard (10.0 ppg).