Nov. 26, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball was back on the court today as the Hoyas prepare for their return to the Mainland United States, hosting IUPUI on Monday, Nov. 28 at Verizon Center. Tipoff against the Jaguars is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on MASN, with Jason Knapp and former Hoya great Mark Tillmon calling all of the action. The radio call from Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk 570 AM.
The Hoyas are coming off a trip to Hawaii, where the team beat No. 8 Memphis, 91-88, in overtime to earn fifth place after winning two of the three games played. Georgetown enters Monday night's game with a 4-1 overall record and two-straight wins. IUPUI is 1-4 overall and plays Saturday night at home against Texas Southern.
This will be the second-ever meeting between Georgetown and IUPUI (Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis), a member of the Summit League. The Hoyas won the only other meeting, a 72-60 decision during the 1998-99 season. The Blue & Gray have an all-time record of 3-3 against teams from the Summit League.
Georgetown was led in Maui by senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), who was named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team. Clark was impressive throughout the tournament and led the eight-team field in scoring with 69 points, averaging 23.0 points per game. In three games, he hit 57.1 percent of his field goals (24-of-42), including 60.0 percent of his three-pointers (12-of-20), while grabbing 4.3 rebounds per game. In Wednesday's big overtime win against No. 8 Memphis, Clark scored a game-high 26 points and hit a three-pointer with 51 seconds left in overtime to give the Hoyas the lead for good. Clark hit 9-of-17 shots from the floor and 4-of-7 from three-point lead for 26 points, adding three rebounds and two steals.
Through five games, Clark leads Georgetown in scoring with 19.0 points per game, which ranks eighth in the BIG EAST. He is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor (35-of-67) and 46.7 percent from three-point land (14-of-30) while hitting 78.6 percent of his free throws (11-of-14). Clark is also averaging 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists. He enters Monday's game needing four points to become the 43rd player in program history to score 1,000 points in his career.
The Hoyas had four players average in double figures in scoring during the Maui Invitational. Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's), who scored a career-high 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists in the Memphis win, averaged 13.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. Overall, Sims is tied for second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points, is second with 6.2 rebounds and leads the team with 4.2 assists, which ranks tied for 12th in the BIG EAST.
Freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central), who scored a career-high 17 points and had seven rebounds in the win over Chaminade, was third on the team with 12.7 points per game. He also contributed a team-best 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks. Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) averaged 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Thompson is tied for second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game and is averaging 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He is shooting 58.1 percent from the floor (25-of-43) and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from three-point land. Thompson is 12th in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage and third in three-point field goal percentage.
Porter is fourth on the team in scoring overall with 10.4 points per game and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds. He is also averaging 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Sophomore guard Markel Stars (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is fifth on the team in scoring with 9.0 points per game and is shooting 53.6 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from three-point land.
Georgetown has received strong contributions from its freshman class, led by Porter. Guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) is averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds, forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) is averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds and forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is contributing 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds.