Jan. 1, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team will ring in the 2016 New Year on Saturday, Jan. 2, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival Marquette at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.
The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Tarik Turner serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to 99.1 FM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
The Hoyas won their second-straight game and improved to 8-5 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST Conference with a 70-58 win at DePaul on Wednesday, Dec. 30. GU has won seven of its last nine games overall.
In the DePaul win, the Hoyas used an early second half run to break open a close game and three players scored in double figures, with senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) and sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) scoring 15 points apiece, and sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) chipping in 14 points.
Smith-Rivera leads Georgetown in scoring with 15.0 points per game and with 3.8 assists per game. He is also averaging 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. The 6-3 guard ranks tied for fourth in the BIG EAST Conference in scoring, tied for eighth in assists and second in steals per game. Copeland is second on the team with 12.4 points and third on the team with 5.0 rebounds, while senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is fourth on the team in scoring, with 9.6 points, and leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST.
Peak, who has scored in double figures in three-straight games and seven times this season, is third on the team in scoring with10.2 points per game, and is grabbing 2.8 rebounds per game, while freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) is averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds.
The Hoyas have received healthy contributions from their bench as well, with that group averaging 20.7 points, 14.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic), who has scored at least seven points seven times this season, is averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 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 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
The game on Saturday will be the 20th meeting all-time between Georgetown and Marquette, with the Hoyas holding a 10-9 advantage in the head-to-head series. The Blue & Gray have a 9-8 record against Marquette since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference and are 5-2 at Verizon Center. Georgetown won both games played during the 2014-15 season and have won six of the last nine meetings overall.
Marquette enters Saturday's game with a 10-3 overall record and an 0-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference following an 83-63 loss at Seton Hall on Dec. 30. Freshman center Henry Ellenson leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He is third in the league in scoring and leads the league in rebounding. Junior center Luke Fischer is second on the team with 14.3 points and 8.4 rebounds, while sophomore guard Duane Wilson is third on the team with 12.6 points, freshman guard Haanif Cheatham is fourth with 10.8 points and freshman guard Traci Carter is averaging 4.9 points and 4.6 assists per game, which is fifth in the conference.