Dec. 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team will close out the 2013 calendar year by hosting DePaul in the BIG EAST Conference opener for both teams. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 5 p.m., as Fox Sports 1 holds a New Year's Eve Marathon featuring all BIG EAST schools.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Dick Stockton and Bob Wenzel calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin. All 10 BIG EAST schools will be showcased during the New Year's Eve marathon, with games beginning at noon (ET). For a preview, click here: http://youtu.be/Bqktx-Bq_H4.
Georgetown won for the seventh time in the last eight games with a 92-57 win over Florida International on Saturday at Verizon Center. The win improved Georgetown's record to 8-3 overall.
Three different players scored in double figures for the Hoyas in the win over FIU, with senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) scoring 15 points and grabbing a team-high six rebounds, senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) adding 15 points, four assists and three rebounds and sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) chipping in 15 points, three rebounds and a game-high six assists. Twelve different players scored at least two points.
Georgetown jumped out to a 36-point lead at the half, holding a 50-14 advantage over Florida International. It was the fourth time this season the Hoyas have scored at least 50 in a half (Wright State, VCU and High Point) and was the third most in a half (VCU - 55; High Point - 52). Georgetown scored a season-high 92 points in the win over FIU, the second time this season with at least 90 points (vs. Kansas State, 90-63 win at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off). The 92 points were the most in a regulation game (no overtime) since a 99-75 win over Loyola on Dec. 18, 2010. It was the eighth-highest scoring game under John Thompson III and the 12th time a JT3-coached team has scored at least 90 points.
Starks, who has scored in double figures nine times this season, is second on the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game and leads the team with 4.5 assists per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST. Starks ranks second in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage, connecting on 87.0 percent of his shots from the charity stripe (47-of-54).
Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game, is shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three-point land, while grabbing 4.4 rebounds and handing out 3.4 assists. He ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in scoring.
GU's backcourt of Smith-Rivera and Starks combined for 30 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and only one turnover in the win over FIU. This season, they are averaging 32.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.7 steals while shooting 43.5% from the floor (108-of-248) and 37.5% from three-point land (42-of-112). That duo has accounted for 41.9 percent of Georgetown's total points (354 of 845) and 51.2 percent of the team's assists (86 of 168).
Lubick's 15 points on Saturday were a season-high and one point shy of his career high of 16. It was also the third time in the double figures in the last four games for the senior co-captain, who is averaging 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and shooting 66.7% (18-of-27) in that span.
Junior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) is third on the team in scoring with 12.7 points per game, fourth on the team with 3.4 rebounds and leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 69.3 percent of his field goals. Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.2 points and second on the team with 5.8 rebounds, while Lubick is averaging 6.1 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game. Junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) is averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
The Hoyas rank fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (76.8 points per game) and are tied for first the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 49.2 percent of their shots.
The team has been solid defensively, ranking second in the league in field goal percentage defense (38.5 percent) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.7 percent). Georgetown ranks No. 19 in the country in field goal percentage defense and No. 23 in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
DePaul enters Tuesday's game with an 8-5 overall record following a 57-56 win over Northwestern on Friday night. The Blue Demons have won four of their last five games, with wins over Florida Atlantic (81-70), Chicago State (77-70) and Houston Baptist (78-58). The Hoyas and Blue Demons have played one common opponent so far, with DePaul beating Wright State, 81-72. Senior forward Cleveland Melvin leads DePaul in scoring with 16.1 points and rebounding with 7.1 boards per game, while senior guard Brandon Young is second on the team with 14.5 points and leads the team with 3.8 assists per game. The Blue Demons are shooting 44.2 percent from the floor, 35.0 percent from three-point land and 68.4 percent from the free throw line while scoring 74.0 points per game and allowing 71.2 per game.
Tuesday's game with DePaul will be the 28th meeting all-time between the teams. The Hoyas lead the head-to-head series, 21-6, and have won the last 12 meetings overall and the last seven at home.