Nov. 27, 2015
The Georgetown University men's basketball team is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 28, hosting Bryant University at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for noon.
The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 2, with Dave Sims calling the play-by-play, and former Georgetown basketball standout Ron Thompson serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to 99.1 FM WNEW for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
The game on Saturday is the first of seven-straight home games for the Hoyas, who do not travel until playing Charlotte on Dec. 22.
The Hoyas are coming off a weekend that saw the team notch their first win of the season, beating Wisconsin, 71-61, in the semifinals of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden. The win propelled the Blue & Gray into the championship game last Sunday, where the team lost to No. 5 Duke, 86-84. Of the team's two losses during the week, the Hoyas lost to No. 3 Maryland (75-71) and the fifth-ranked Blue Devils by a combined six points.
Sophomore Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) was selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after his performance last week. In three games, Copeland averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor (18-of-32), including 53.8 percent from three-point land (7-of-13).
A forward, Copeland scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists in Georgetown's 75-71 loss at Maryland. He followed that up with 15 points Ã¢â'¬" all in the second half Ã¢â'¬" as the Blue & Gray beat Wisconsin, 71-61, on Friday night in the semifinals of the 2K Classic. Copeland scored 21 points and had six rebounds in the loss to Duke. He scored 15 points in the first half as GU took the early lead and then hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes as the Hoyas nearly won at the buzzer.
Through four games, Copeland leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 boards per game. Copeland was a preseason All-BIG EAST honorable mention selection and is coming off a freshman season in 2014-15 when he was selected as an All-BIG EAST Rookie team member.
Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) is second on the team with 13.8 points per game, leads the team with 4.8 assists per game and is third on the team with 4.0 rebounds per game. Senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is tied for third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game and is second with 5.5 rebounds, while sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) is tied for third with 10.3 points per game.
The game against Bryant will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Hoyas have an all-time record of 47-12 against teams from the Northeast Conference.
Bryant enters the game on Saturday with a 2-3 record following an 80-45 loss at Harvard earlier this week. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 113-75 loss at Duke before beating Emerson (82-69) and Prairie View (71-56). Bryant has lost its last two games, first to Siena (78-59) and then Harvard. Sophomore guard Hunter Ware leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game, while freshman guard Nisre Zouzoua is second on the team with 11.6 points per game. Junior forward Dan Garvin lead the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.