Jan. 25, 2016
The winter storm that hit much of the East Coast over the weekend didn't prevent the Georgetown men's basketball team from preparing for it next game, as the Hoyas host BIG EAST Conference rival Creighton on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Tipoff at Verizon Center is slated for 6:30 p.m.
The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1, with Tim Brando calling the play-by-play, and Donny Marshall serving as the color analyst. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on 106.7 FM The Fan WJFK.
Georgetown enters Tuesday night's game with a 12-8 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the BIG EAST, tied for second place with Creighton, Xavier and Providence. The Hoyas are coming off a 68-62 loss to former conference rival Connecticut in Hartford on Saturday.
Due to the winter storm that blanked much of the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast with 20 or more inches of snow, the Hoyas were not able to return back to the Nation's Capital until Monday. Despite that, the team practiced on Sunday and Monday at a school just outside of Hartford as the team readied for its rematch with the Bluejays.
In the game at UConn, junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic) scored 13 points to lead the Hoyas, while senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 12 points and had six assists, and sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) added 12 points and three boards off the bench. Senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) added nine points and nine rebounds.
The meeting with Creighton will be the second of the season between the teams, as Georgetown lost, 79-66, in Omaha earlier this month. In that game, Smith-Rivera scored 17 points and had seven assists, while freshman center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) had a career-high 17 points and six rebounds.
The game against Creighton will be the eighth all-time meeting between the teams, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 4-3. The Hoyas have won four of the last five meetings between the teams, including three games during the 2014-15 season. Georgetown has a 2-0 record at home against Creighton since the Bluejays joined the BIG EAST Conference.
Smith-Rivera leads Georgetown in scoring with 16.2 points per game and in assists with 4.5 per game. He has hit a team-best 48 3-point field goals. He ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring, sixth in assists and fourth in 3-pointers made. In seven BIG EAST Conference games, he is second in the league with 18.9 points per game and third with 5.6 assists.
Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]) is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 10.2 points and 4.8 boards per game. Peak is third on the team with 9.8 points and 3.1 rebounds, while Hayes is fourth on the team with 8.6 points and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds, which ranks 13th in the league. Junior forward Reggie Cameron (Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic), who has scored in double figures in three of the last four games and is averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in that span, is fifth on the team with 7.3 points.
The Hoyas have received healthy contributions from their bench as well, with that group averaging 22.1 points, 14.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Since moving to the bench, Peak is averaging 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Govan is averaging 7.1 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Georgetown's freshman class Ã¢â'¬" freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]), and forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./Carlisle School) Ã¢â'¬" has combined to average 16.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.