No. 15/23 Georgetown Returns Home to Play Towson on Saturday

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Markel Starks leads the Hoyas in scoring wtih 12.1 ppg.

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Markel Starks leads the Hoyas in scoring wtih 12.1 ppg.
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Dec. 7, 2012

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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team returns home for the first of four-straight games at Verizon Center, starting with a non-league match on Saturday, Dec. 8 against Towson. Tip-off time at Verizon Center is slated for noon.

The game will be shown live on MASN, with Jason Knapp and former Hoya great Mark Tillmon calling all of the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin, in his 39th season calling Georgetown basketball, can be heard on Sports Talk AM 570.

The Hoyas improved to 6-1, winning their third-straight game, with a 64-41 win over Texas at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night. GU is ranked No. 15 in the country in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches' poll.

Georgetown, one of the youngest teams in the country, is one of only four teams at the Division I level with no seniors on the roster. The Hoyas are the youngest team in the AP Top 25 and the only squad with no seniors.

The Hoyas are led by junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) and guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) along with a quartet of sophomores, center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central), guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) and forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills).

Porter Jr., who missed most of the first two games this season, is second on the team in scoring with 12.0 points, second on the team with 7.5 rebounds and leads the team with 3.0 assists per game. A preseason First Team All-BIG EAST selection and honorable mention All-American, Porter Jr. has two double-doubles this season, including 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 78-70 win over then-No. 11 UCLA. He scored 14 points and had eight rebounds in the win over Texas on Tuesday night.

Porter Jr. ranks tied for 28th in the BIG EAST in scoring, ninth in rebounding, tied for ninth in steals and tied for fourth in blocks per game.

Starks, who scored a career-high 23 points in Georgetown's overtime loss to No. 1 Indiana at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn two weeks ago, leads the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game. He has connected on 49.3 percent of his field goals and leads the team with nine three-point field goals.

Whittington is one of four players averaging double figures in scoring and is third on the team in points per game (11.6) and leads the team in rebounds (8.3). Whittington is third in the BIG EAST in rebounds and ranks 26th in the league in scoring.

Hopkins, who has started all seven games at center for the Hoyas, is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.3 points per game and is averaging 3.4 rebounds per game.

Lubick, meanwhile, is fifth on the team in scoring with 8.0 points per game, third in rebounds with 4.9 per game and second in assists with 3.0 per game. He has connected on 62.9 percent of his field goals (22-of-35), which ranks third in the BIG EAST.

Georgetown ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference in field goal percentage, connecting on 47.1 percent of its field goals. The Hoyas are tied for third in the league in scoring defense (56.1 points per game) and fourth in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 37.5 percent shooting from the floor.

The meeting with Towson will be the fourth all-time between the programs, with Georgetown holding a 3-0 advantage in the series. The Hoyas won the last meeting, 69-41, at Verizon Center during the 2006-07 season.

Georgetown's homestand continues on Monday, Dec. 10, hosting Longwood at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

 

 

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