Georgetown University junior men's basketball player D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday.

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D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Named BIG EAST Player of the Week

Dec. 29, 2014

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University junior men's basketball player D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Georgetown improved to 8-3 overall with a thrilling 91-87 win in overtime against Indiana at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon. It was the team's third-straight win and the fourth in the last five games.

In addition to his honor from the BIG EAST, Smith-Rivera was also named the Player of the Week by ESPN's Andy Katz. Click here http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/101738/3-point-shot-weekly-awards-16 for Katz's Three-Point Shot.

Smith-Rivera scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Hoyas, including 24 points in the second half and overtime as he led four players in double figures.

Smith-Rivera, the preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, hit 9-of-18 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point land and 6-of-9 from the free throw line.

This is the second time this season that Smith-Rivera has scored 29 points, as he did so in a 68-65 loss to No. 3 Wisconsin during the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Smith-Rivera's 29 points moved him past the 1,000-point mark for his career and he is the 45th player in Georgetown history to surpass that scoring plateau during his time on the Hilltop. In 76 career games, Smith-Rivera has scored 1,026 (13.5 points per game for his career) and ranks 41st all-time in scoring at GU.

Georgetown starts BIG EAST Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 31, traveling to play at Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tipoff is slated for 10 p.m. during the BIG EAST Conference New Year's Eve Marathon, which will air on FOX Sports 1. Joe Davis will handle the play-by-play, while Bob Wenzel will serve as the color analyst. The radio call can be heard on ESPN 980 AM.

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