Dec. 7, 2009
WASHINGTON - Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll after helping the Georgetown University men's basketball team to two wins last week, first over Mount St. Mary's and then over American University.
The Hoyas travel to New York City today and will play Butler University on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the first of two games at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. Tipoff at the "Word's Most Famous Arena" is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Doris Burke providing all of the calls. Fans can tune in locally to ESPN 980 AM, with Rich Chvotkin handling the play-by-play.
Georgetown improved to 6-0 overall with a 73-46 win over American on Saturday, Dec. 6. The Hoyas moved up to No. 15 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll.
Monroe averaged a double-double last week as the Hoyas completed a three-game sweep on a recent homestand, beating Mount St. Mary's, 83-62, and then topping American over the weekend. The sophomore center averaged 14.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks in the wins. He recorded his second double-double of the season and the sixth of his career with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Mount St. Mary's. Against American on Saturday, he scored only nine points, but grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Overall this season, Monroe leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 points per game and 10.0 rebounds. He is ranked 22nd in the BIG EAST in scoring and fourth in the league in rebounding.
This will be the first ever meeting between Georgetown and Butler. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 10-7 against teams from the Horizon League.
Monroe is one of four players averaging double figures in scoring for the Hoyas. Junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) is second on the team with 13.5 points per game, while sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) is third on the team with 12.5 points per game and junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) is fourth with 11.3 points per game
Clark, in his first season as a starter, is third on the team with 5.0 rebounds and leads the team, hitting 14-of-31 three-point field goals (45.2%). He ranks third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals made is 11th in three-point percentage.
Junior forward Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) has gotten off to a strong start this season as well. Vaughn is fifth on the team in scoring with 7.2 points per game and second with 5.7 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 14 points in the win over Mount St. Mary's last week and followed that up with an 11-point, 7-rebound effort against American on Saturday.
Freshman guard Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week last Monday after scoring 16 points in a win over Lafayette. Thompson is averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor. Sophomore center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph), who scored a career-high 12 points in the win over American, is averaging 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Georgetown leads the BIG EAST in scoring defense (53.2 points per game) and field goal percentage defense (35.2%) and is fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.2%). The Hoyas, who are scoring 72.7 points per game, rank second in the league in field goal percentage (50.6%) and third in three-point field goal percentage (39.0%).