Dec. 16, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball will look to extend its win streak to seven games on Saturday, Dec. 17, hosting local rival American University at Verizon Center. Tipoff at The Phonebooth 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. It can also be seen on SNY in New York and Connecticut, as well as Brighthouse in Florida (Tampa, St. Pete and Orlando). Locally, fans can listen to the radio call of Rich Chvotkin on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, won for the sixth-straight time and improved to 8-1 overall with a 62-48 victory over Howard last Saturday.
The meeting with American will be the 52nd all-time between the schools. The Hoyas lead the head-to-head series, 43-8, and have won the last seven meetings, a 73-46 decision during the 2009-10 season. Georgetown has an all-time record of 108-76 against teams from the Patriot League, the last loss coming against American during the 1982-83 season.
Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) leads the team, and ranks 12th in the BIG EAST in scoring, with 16.2 points per game. Clark, who hit a career-high 10-of-10 free throws last week against Howard, leads the league in free throw percentage, and ranks 38th in the country, at 89.5 percent (34-of-38).
Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) is second on the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game (20th in the BIG EAST) and is second on the team in rebounding with 5.6 boards per game. Thompson ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (53.9%) and second in three-point field goal percentage (52.6%).
Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) is third on the team in scoring (12.1 ppg), tied for third in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and leads the team in assists 3.67 per game. Sims has connected on 56.9 percent of his shots from the field, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST. The 6-10 center is also seventh in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio at 2.20 (3.7 apg, 1.7 tpg).
The Hoyas have six other players scoring at least 3.0 points per game, led by freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central) and sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep). Porter is fourth on the team with 8.7 points and leads the team with 5.7 rebounds, while Starks is fifth on the team with 8.3 points per game and has connected on 48.1 percent of his shots from the field. Sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 4.3 points, is tied for third on the team with 5.4 rebounds and is second on the team with 2.7 assists per game.
Georgetown ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (77.2 ppg), fourth in scoring defense (57.8 ppg), fourth in field goal percentage (48.3%), fifth in field goal percentage defense (38.1%) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (37.0%).
American enters today's game with an 8-3 overall record following a 66-61 loss at St. Francis (Pa.) that ended an eight-game win streak. The Eagles lost their first two games of the season - to Richmond and Maryland-Eastern Shore - before reeling off eight wins, including victories over Florida Atlantic, Cornell, Howard and St. Joseph's. Senior forward Charles Aiken leads the team in scoring, and ranks No. 5 in the country, with 22.2 points per game. He also ranks among the top-15 in the country in three-point field goals made (31, 11th nationally, 41.3%). Hinkle is also second on the team in rebounds with 5.4. Senior guard Troy Brewer is second on the team in scoring with 14.1 points per game and is second with 25 three-point field goals (38.5%, 25-of-65). Junior guard Daniel Munoz is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.3 points per game and leads the team with 4.2 assists per game. Junior guard Blake Jolivette is third on the team in scoring with 7.5 points. The Eagles are shooting 40.5 percent from the floor, but have also connected on 38.3 percent of their three-point field goals, which ranks No. 52 nationally.