Dec. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team is back in action after a five day layoff this Saturday, Dec.15, hosting Western Carolina. The Hoyas and the Catamounts will tip off at noon at Verizon Center.
The game will be televised live on MASN with Jason Knapp handling the play-by-play and former Hoya great Mark Tillmon serving as the color analyst. The radio call of long-time Voice of the Hoyas Rich Chvotkin can be heard on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas enter the game riding a five-game winning streak, including an 89-53 victory against Longwood on Monday. Georgetown is ranked No. 15 in the most recent Associated Press Poll and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Western Carolina and Georgetown have never met in men's basketball. This is the second consecutive game that Georgetown has faced a first-time opponent.
On the year GU boasts an 8-1 overall record while Western Carolina owns a 4-6 mark.
In the victory against Longwood sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central) set new career highs in points and assists with 22 and seven, respectively. Georgetown's other double digit scorer was junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), who posted 17 points, including 4-of-5 from three point range. GU held a 40-24 lead at halftime and forced 30 turnovers in the game.
Georgetown's defense has been stellar all season, holding opponents to under 60 points in seven of its nine games. GU's opponents are averaging a paltry 54.1 points per game, which ranks third in the BIG EAST and 10th nationally. It is the lowest opponent scoring average in Head Coach John Thompson III's tenure at GU. The Hoyas have limited opponents to 37.7 percent shooting from the field, which ranks 26th nationally and is fifth in the conference.
Three Hoyas are averaging double digit points, led by Porter Jr.'s 13.0 points per game average. Porter Jr. is followed closely by Starks and Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./ Oakland Mills), who average 11.8 and 11.1 points per game respectively.
Fellow starters, sophomore center Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./ DeMatha) and forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass. / St. Mark's), round out GU's top five scorers with averages of 8.8 and 8.0 points per game, respectively. GU's starters account for more than 80% of their scoring, netting 52.7 of GU's 65.2 points.
Leading the Hoya charge off the bench have been freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) and sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends).. Smith-Rivera averages 5.4 points and Trawick chips in 4.8 points per game. Both players see over 19 minutes of action per contest.
Western Carolina is led by current College Sports Madness Southern Conference top performer James Sinclair. Sinclair is a sophomore guard who averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last week against No. 13 Illinois and Appalachian State. Western Carolina played Illinois tight all game before falling 72-64 in Champaign. The Catamounts tied the game twice in the second half, the latest tie coming with just under six minutes remaining. Western Carolina defeated Appalachian State at home 70-64 on December 8.
After the Western Carolina game GU faces one more out of conference opponent in American on Saturday, December 22, before venturing into conference play at Marquette on January 5, 2013.