Georgetown Hosts Colgate on Saturday at Verizon Center
Dec. 6, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team plays the third game of a four-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 7, hosting Colgate at Verizon Center. Tip-off at the team's downtown home is slated for noon.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Mike Corey handling the play-by-play and former Georgetown standout Ron Thompson serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas improved to 5-2 overall with their fourth-straight win on Thursday night, an 80-45 decision over High Point. It was the team's second consecutive win at home, where they have a 3-0 record.
Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) and sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) combined for 35 points in the win, while junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) added 11 points three rebounds.
Starks hit 8-of-11 shots from the floor and scored 18 points while contributing a game-high five assists and Smith-Rivera scored 17 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.
The Hoyas led by 12 points, 28-16, at the half, but caught fire in the second half, connecting on 61.8 percent of their field goals (21-of-34) and scored 52 points. It was the third time this season the team had scored at least 50 points in a half.
Georgetown finished the game shooting 55.2 percent from the floor, the fourth time this season the team hit at least half of its shots.
Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring overall with 18.4 points per game, shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and 51.3 percent from three-point land. Starks is second on the team with 15.4 points per game and leads the team with 4.9 assists per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST.
The Hoyas rank fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (77.6 points per game) and lead the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 49.9 percent of their shots. The team has been solid defensively, ranking third in the league in scoring defense (64.6 points per game) and leading the league in both field goal percentage defense (35.5 percent) and three-point field goal percentage defense (24.6 percent).
The game with Colgate will be the eighth meeting all-time between the schools. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 7-1, and has won the last six games. The last time the team's play was a 61-45 GU during the Sun Bowl Tournament in the 2005-06 season. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 148-84 against team's from the Patriot League.
Colgate enters the game with a 4-2 record, its most recent win a 93-64 decision at Binghamton. The Red Raiders have posted four-straight wins, beating Cornell (81-58), St. Francis (Pa.) (81-64) and at Tulane (98-86), with losses to Wake Forest (89-78) and Syracuse (69-50). Senior forward Murphy Burnatowski is one of five players scoring in double figures, leading the team with 15.2 points per game. Sophomore guard Austin Tillotson is second on the team with 13.5 points per game and junior center Ethan Jacobs is third with 13.2 points per game. The Red Raiders have connected on 80 three-point field goals, an average of 13.3 per game.