Georgetown Continues Homestand on Thursday Night Against High Point
Dec. 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team plays the second game of a four-game homestand on Thursday night, Dec. 5, hosting High Point at Verizon Center. The game between the Hoyas and the Panthers tips off at 9 p.m. in GU's downtown home.
Fans can watch the game live on Fox Sports 1, with Mike Corey calling the play-by-play and former Georgetown standout Ron Thompson handling the color. The radio call for Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas have won three-straight games and enter the night with a 4-2 overall record, while High Point is 3-3 overall.
After playing four of their first five games away from home, Georgetown is in the midst of a four-game stretch with games all at Verizon Center. The team opened the season by playing Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys in South Korea. After a win at home against Wright State on Nov. 13, the team played its next three games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off before returning back to Verizon Center for last Saturday's win over Lipscomb.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the second-straight week. Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas in scoring for the fifth-straight game in the win over Lipscomb on Saturday.
He scored 17 points - his fifth game in double figures this season - and added a career-high eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists to lead three players in double figures as GU outscored the Bisons by 20 points (43-23) in the second half. This is the second-straight week the sophomore guard has been named to the Honor Roll. He earned honors last week after being named to the All-Tournament Team at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, averaging 21.7 points per game during the three games.
Through six games this season, Smith-Rivera leads Georgetown in scoring with 18.7 points per game, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference. He is averaging 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game. In addition, he is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor (35-of-67), 53.1 percent from three-point land (17-of-32) and 86.2 percent from the free throw line (25-of-29).
Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is second on the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game and leads the squad with 4.8 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 4.2 rebounds and leads the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 69.8 percent of his shots from the field.
Georgetown is averaging 77.2 points per game and allowing 67.8 points per game. The team is shooting 48.9 percent from the floor, which ranks second in the BIG EAST, and 31.7 percent from three-point land. The Hoyas lead the BIG EAST in field goal percentage defense (36.8%) and in three-point field goal percentage defense (26.9)
High Point enters the game with a 3-3 overall record and is coming off a 71-68 loss at home to Stephen F. Austin. The Panthers have posted wins over Ferrum (94-64), at William & Mary (80-69) and against Wofford (66-56), while their other two losses came to UNC-Greensboro (82-74) and at Eastern Kentucky (74-67). Redshirt sophomore forward John Brown is leading the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 21.7 points and 9.8 boards.
The meeting with for Georgetown will be the first against High Point, a member of the Big South Conference. The Blue & Gray have an all-time record of 12-0 against schools from the Big South. Last year, the Hoyas posted a pair of wins over Big South schools, beating Longwood and Liberty.