Jan. 5, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team hosts BIG EAST Conference rival Marquette on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Verizon Center, closing out a two-game homestand. The game tips at Verizon Center at 7 p.m.
The Marquette-Georgetown game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Tim Brando and Donny Marshall calling all of the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas enter the game with a 9-4 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the BIG EAST following a 76-61 win over Creighton on Saturday. GU, winners of four of its last five games and six of the last eight overall, are receiving votes in the Associated Press (No. 40) and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (No. 27).
Four of Georgetown's freshmen - guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS), forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]), forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) and forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) - combined for 39 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Campbell came off the bench and provided a spark at the end of the first half, finishing with 13 points and two assists in a career-high 26 minutes. Peak scored 14 points, had four rebounds and three steals, while White added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists and Copeland chipped in two points and one rebound.
The last time three Georgetown freshmen scored in double-figures was back on Jan. 18, 2005 against Syracuse, when Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace had 12 points apiece.
Peak has been the leader among the freshmen, ranking third on the team overall in scoring with 9.9 points per game, while grabbing 2.4 rebounds and handing out 1.5 assists. White is sixth on the team in scoring with 7.2 points and fourth with 3.2 rebounds. The freshman class has combined to average 24.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists, while accounting for 36.8 percent of the team's minutes played and 33.0 percent of GU's scoring.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) leads the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game. Smith-Rivera, who has scored in double figures nine times this year, also leads the team with 3.5 assists and is third on the team with 4.1 rebounds per game.
Senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA), who scored a game-high 16 points against Creighton on Saturday, is second on the team in scoring (12.8 points) and leads the team in rebounds (6.0 rpg).
Senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) scored a career-high 22 points and hit a career-best 10-of-13 field goals in the win over Indiana on Dec. 27. He is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 7.9 points per game and ranks second in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 63.2 percent of his shots from the field.
Senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), who had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Charlotte on Dec. 20, is averaging 7.9 rebounds, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, and senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is scoring 3.9 points, is second on the team with 5.7 rebounds and leads the team with 1.8 blocked shots per game, which ranks third in the league.
The meeting with Marquette will be the 18th all-time between the schools. The Golden Eagles lead the head-to-head series, 9-8, and won both games last year. The Hoyas have a 4-2 record at home against Marquette.
Marquette enters Tuesday night's game with a 9-5 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the BIG EAST following a 75-66 win at home over Providence. MU opened the season with a 61-58 win at DePaul on New Year's Eve. Sophomore center Luke Fischer leads the team in scoring with 13.2 points and is one of four players scoring in double figures, along with graduate student Matt Carlino (12.0 ppg), senior guard Juan Anderson (11.5 ppg) and freshman guard Duane Wilson (11.2 ppg).