Georgetown Returns Home to Host Lipscomb on Saturday at Verizon Center
Nov. 29, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team returns to Verizon Center for its second home game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 30, hosting Lipscomb. Tipoff is slated for noon.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports Network, with Jason Benetti handling the play-by-play and Gary Williams serving as the color analyst. Locally, fans can watch the game on WDCA (Channel 20). It will also be available on all Fox Sports regional networks (Arizona, Detroit, Midwest (Nebraska only), North, Ohio, Oklahoma, Southwest, West and Wisconsin), as well as SportsSouth, Sun Sports, MSG Plus, Root Sports (Northwest Region, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain), Cox Sports Northeast, WPWR in Chicago and WTXF in Philadelphia.
Fans locally can tune in to Sports Talk 570 AM for the call of Rich Chvotkin.
The Blue & Gray will be playing just their second home game of the season after opening the season in South Korea as part of the Armed Forces Classic and then playing three games last week in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan. The Hoyas have totaled nearly 17,000 miles of air travel this season.
After returning from Puerto Rico and taking a day for Thanksgiving, the Hoyas practiced on Friday and made final preparations for the game with Lipscomb on Saturday. The Hoyas won two of their last three games in Puerto Rico, including an 84-80 win over then-No. 10 VCU in the fifth place game. The team opened the tournament with a loss to Northeastern (63-56) and then bounced back to beat Kansas State, 90-63, in the second round.
Georgetown enters this weekend with a 3-2 record and the Lipscomb game is the first of four-straight home games before the end of the fall semester.
Sophomore D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after his performance last weekend, as he scored in double figures in three-straight games. Smith-Rivera was named to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off All-Tournament team after averaging 21.7 points per game during the three games. He connected on 54.3 percent of his field goals (19-of-35), 62.5 percent of his three-pointers (10-of-16) and was 89.5 percent from the free throw line (17-of-19). He also contributed 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 assists per game.
Through five games this season, Smith-Rivera leads Georgetown in scoring with 19.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is shooting 50.9 percent from the floor (29-of-57), 52.0 percent from three-point land (13-of-25) and 898.9 percent from the free throw line (24-of-27).
Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is second on the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game and leads the squad with 4.6 assists per game. Junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) is third on the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, third with 4.0 rebounds and leads the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 64.9 percent of his shots from the field.
Georgetown is averaging 78.6 points per game and allowing 71.6 points per game. The team is shooting 50.0 percent from the floor, which ranks ties for second in the BIG EAST, and 33.8 percent from three-point land. The Hoyas are third in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage defense, with opponents connecting on 39.0 percent of their field goals.
Lipscomb enters Saturday's game with a 3-3 record following a 95-84 win at Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 25. The Bisons have also posted wins over Oakland City (88-78) and Tennessee State (75-70), with losses coming at home to Belmont (87-83), Vanderbilt (80-69) and at Belmont (94-64). Junior forward Martin Smith leads the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game, while his brother Malcolm Smith is third on the team with 13.5 points and leads the team with 6.7 rebounds.