Dec. 6, 2014
WASHINGTON - Following three games in the Bahamas as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis and a week off, the Georgetown University men's basketball team returns home on Sunday, Dec. 7, hosting Towson at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for noon.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Justin Kutcher calling the play-by-play, and Donny Marshall serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to Sports Talk AM 570 to hear the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
The Towson-Georgetown game is the first of two on Sunday at Verizon Center, part of the BB&T Classic. The second game, which tips off at approximately 2:30 p.m., features George Washington and Charlotte.
The Hoyas, who are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, enter the weekend with a 4-2 overall record. GU posted three-straight wins at home before heading to Atlantis, where they beat then-No. 18 Florida, 66-65, in the opening game. The Blue & Gray lost at the buzzer in the second round game, falling 68-65 to No. 2 Wisconsin, and lost in the fourth place game to Butler, 64-58.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill), the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and a nominee for the Wooden Award and the Cousy Award, leads the team in scoring and assists, averaging 14.2 points and 3.7 assists. He is also third on the team with 4.0 rebounds per game.
Smith-Rivera was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll earlier this week after averaging 19.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while connecting on 51.2 percent of his shots from the field (22-of-43) in the trip to the Bahamas. He hit the game-winning shot in overtime against Florida and scored 29 points in the Wisconsin game. Smith-Rivera was also named to the Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament team.
Senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA), who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 17, is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Smith is shooting 65.3 percent from the floor (32-of-49) and has scored in double figures four times this season. He had a pair of double-doubles in the first three games of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and following that up with 22 points and 11 boards against Robert Morris.
Senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) is averaging 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds and senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 5.5 points, a team-best 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
The Hoyas have received significant contributions from its freshman class, with guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS), forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]), forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) and forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) combining to average 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. That quartet has accounted for 32.6 percent of the team's scoring (140 of 430 points) and for 35.9 percent of the team's minutes played.
Peak started things off in the season opener by scoring 23 points against St. Francis BKLYN, while White scored in double figures twice in the Bahamas and Copeland scored a team-high 16 points in the loss to Butler.
The game with Towson will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Hoyas and the Tigers. GU leads the head-to-head series, 4-0, and has won all four games at home, including a pair under Head Coach John Thompson III. Georgetown has an all-time record of 22-6 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association.
Towson enters the game on Sunday with a 7-1 overall record following an 84-76 win over Coppin State on Wednesday. The Tigers, who are off to their best start in 30 years, are allowing only 59.9 points per game and are outrebounding opponents by 12.6 boards per game. Sophomore guard Four McGlynn leads the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, while sophomore forward John Davis is second on the team in scoring with 11.5 points and is grabbing a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game.