Nov. 30, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball will play at No. 12/12 Alabama as part of the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 1 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tipoff at Coleman Coliseum is slated for 9:30 p.m. (ET). The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Mike Breen and Fran Fraschilla calling all of the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown, winners of three-straight games, improved to 5-1 overall with an 81-58 win over IUPUI on Monday night at Verizon Center. The Hoyas are receiving votes in both the Associated Press (46, ranked No. 30 overall) and the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll (8, No. 34 overall).
This will be the fifth meeting all-time between Georgetown and Alabama, with each team winning a pair of games. The teams last met during the 2007-08 season as part of the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge, a 70-60 Hoya win on a neutral floor in Birmingham, Ala. Georgetown has never played Alabama in Tuscaloosa, but the Hoyas have played one game on the campus, a 77-75 loss to Central Michigan during the 1975 NCAA Tournament, the team's first appearance under former head coach John Thompson, Jr.
In Georgetown's win over IUPUI on Monday night, junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) recorded his second career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added eight points, a career-high 14 rebounds and a game-high five assists.
Thompson is second on the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game and second on the team with 5.8 rebounds. He has connected on 58.6 percent of his field goals (34-of-58) and 54.5 percent of his three-point field goals (12-of-22).
Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), who was named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team and to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, leads the team in scoring 17.0 points per game and is averaging 3.7 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor. Clark became the 43rd player in program history to reach 1,000 points for his career during the game against IUPUI on Monday night.
Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) is third on the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game, leads the team with 4.0 assists per game and is tied for second on the team with 5.8 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), who scored 13 points and had four assists in the win over IUPUI on Monday, is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game and is shooting 56.8 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent from three-point land. In the last two games, Starks is averaging 12.5 points and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 64.3 percent from the floor (9-of-14).
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, during the Maui Invitational, is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game. He is averaging a team-best 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
Georgetown has received strong contributions from its freshman class, led by Porter. Forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) is averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds, guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) is averaging 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds and forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is contributing 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds. Those four, along with redshirt freshman Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA) and freshman Tyler Adams (Brandon, Miss./Brandon), have combined to play 36.8 percent of the team's minutes played (451 of 1,225), while averaging 23.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.