Dec. 14, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team plays the sixth game of a seven-game home stand on Tuesday, Dec. 15, hosting Monmouth at Verizon Center. Tipoff at the team's downtown home is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Scott Graham calling the play-by-play and Ron Thompson serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan WJFK.
The Hoyas are coming off an 87-82 win over UNC Wilmington on Saturday at Verizon Center. It was the fifth-straight win, and the sixth in the last seven games, for the Hoyas who improve to 6-3 overall.
Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 27 points and Georgetown opened up a 25-point lead in the second half before hanging on for the win. Freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 15 points and four rebounds for the Hoyas, while sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Smith-Rivera, who needs 10 points to pass Allen Iverson on the all-time scoring list, leads Georgetown in scoring with 16.0 points per game, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST Conference, and tops the team with 4.1 assists per game (tied for fifth in the league). He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 19.5 points and 4.5 assists in games last week against Brown and UNC Wilmington.
Copeland is second on the team with 11.8 points, while senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is third on the team with 11.4 points, leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game (14th in the BIG EAST), and has connected on 59.2 percent of his field goals (42-of-71), which is sixth in the league.
Sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) is fourth on the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game, and is grabbing 3.0 rebounds per game.
The Hoyas have received healthy contributions from their bench as well, with that group averaging 19.6 points, 14.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) is averaging 6.7 points and 2.4 rebounds.
Georgetown's freshman class -- Derrickson, center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) and forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./Carlisle School) -- has combined to average 16.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
The Hoyas rank fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (76.8 points per game) and are fifth in the league in scoring defense (67.9 ppg). GU also ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (47.4 percent) and is ranked second in the league, and No. 29 in the country, in field goal percentage defense (37.7 percent).
This will be the third all-time meeting between Georgetown and Monmouth, with the Hoyas leading the head-to-head series, 2-0. The teams last played in 1984, a 74-54 GU win. Georgetown has an all-time record of 60-38 against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. This is the first meeting against a school from the MAAC since beating Fairfield in 2007.
Monmouth enters the game on Tuesday with a 6-3 overall record following a 73-54 win over Wagner on Sunday. The Hawks have wins over UCLA (84-81), Notre Dame (70-68) and USC (83-73) this year and have won three of their last four games. Monmouth is led by junior guard Justin Robinson, who leads the team in scoring with 21.3 points per game and has hit a team-high 23 3-pointers. He is one of two players in double figures, joined by freshman guard Micah Seaborn, who is scoring 14.7 points per game, along with 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Senior guard Deon Jones is third on the team in scoring with 8.3 points and leads the team with 6.9 rebounds, while junior center Chris Brady is averaging 7.1 points. 4.9 rebounds and has blocked 15 shots.