Dec. 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team plays its first game in 10 days and closes out a four-game homestand on Tuesday, Dec. 17, hosting Elon at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network, with Dave Ryan handling the play-by-play, Pete Gillen serving as the color analyst and Evan Washburn handling the sidelines. Locally, fans can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
Georgetown, winners of five-straight games, improved to 6-2 with a 61-55 win over Colgate on Dec. 7. Following that game, the Hoyas took a break as the fall semester came to a close and final exams began. The Hoyas have won three-straight games at home and are 4-0 at Verizon Center, where they have won the last 48 games against non-league foes.
Junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) scored 14 points and had five rebounds to lead three players in double figures. Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists, and senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) added 10 points and seven rebounds. It was the sixth game in double figures this season for Starks and the 36th of his career. Smith reached double figures for the sixth time this season, while Lubick scored at least 10 points for the first time this season.
In the Colgate win, Georgetown hit 18-of-25 free throws, with Starks and Smith hitting 6-of-7 apiece to lead the way. The miss from Starks ended a streak of 18-consecutive made free throws for the senior. He has connected on 33-of-36 shots from the charity stripe this season (91.7%), which leads the BIG EAST and ranks 20th nationally.
Sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) leads the team in scoring overall with 16.6 points per game, shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 48.8 percent from three-point land. Starks is second on the team with 15.0 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 (75.5 points per game) and are third the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.3 percent of their shots.
The team has been solid defensively, ranking third in the league in scoring defense (63.4 points per game) and leading the league in both field goal percentage defense (35.1 percent) and three-point field goal percentage defense (24.2 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 2 in the country in field goal percentage and No. 3 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Elon enters tonight's game with a 5-5 record following an 80-63 loss at Colorado on Friday night. The Phoenix have won three of their last four games, beating Georgia State (90-85), Columbia (68-65 in overtime) and VMI (87-70). Elon has four players scoring in double figures, led by senior forward Lucas Troutman, who is scoring 16.0 points per game. Senior guard Sebastian Koch is scoring 13.1 points, sophomore guard Tanner Samons is averaging 12.7 points and senior forward Ryley Beaumont is averaging 10.2 points. The Phoenix have hit 95 three-pointers this season, averaging 9.5 shots from long distance per game. Elon is averaging 78.9 points per game, shooting 49.2 percent from the floor and 43.6 percent from three-point land.
The game with Elon will be the second all-time meeting between the schools, with Georgetown winning the lone contest, a 91-70 Hoyas win during the 2003-04 season. Georgetown has an all-time record of 9-1 against teams from the Southern Conference.