Nov. 20, 2016
Lahaina, Hawaii -
The Georgetown University men's basketball team spent its second full day in Hawaii and made final preparations for the team's first game in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, on Monday, Nov. 21 against Oregon.
Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Roxy Bernstein calling the play-by-play and Bill Walton serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to 106.7 FM The Fan for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
The Hoyas arrived in Hawaii on Friday night and practiced at a local high school on Saturday afternoon before a welcome reception was held on Ka'anapli Beach that night. On Sunday morning, Head Coach John Thompson III participated in a press conference with the other coaches in the tournament and then took part in a free throw shooting contest, paired up with a middle school student from the surrounding area. A traditional Hawaiin luau was scheduled for all teams on Sunday night before the start of the games.
The Hoyas are looking to bounce back from a pair of losses after opening the season with a 105-6o win over USC Upstate on Nov. 12 at Verizon Center in Washington. The 45-point margin of victory was the most in a season opener since the 2003-04 season, when the Hoyas beat Grambling State, 83-36, and the 105 points were the most scored in a season opener since the 2001-02 season, when GU beat Marymount, 108-47.
Georgetown is coming off a pair of heartbreaking losses, first on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to Maryland (76-75) in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, and then on Thursday night at home to Arkansas State (78-72), the last of three games in a six-day span to open the 2016-17 season.
The Hoyas fell behind by as many as 23 points on Thursday night at home against Arkansas State and rallied to pull within two points in the last minute, but could not convert in the 78-72 loss. Sophomore center Jessie Govan scored a season-high 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while junior guard L.J. Peak scored 16 points and junior forward Isaac Copeland added 11 points.
Against Maryland, Peak scored 21 points to lead the Hoyas, while graduate transfer Rodney Pryor added 14 points and six rebounds. Govan had 12 points and three rebounds while Copeland recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Pryor made an impressive debut in his first game as a Hoya on Nov. 12, scoring 26 points in the first half and finishing with 32 in a 105-60 win over USC Upstate. Pryor, who was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, hit six 3-pointers in the win. His game-high 32 points were the most in a debut game under John Thompson III and he is the ninth player to score at least 30 points and it was the 16th 30-plus point game under Thompson. Pryor's 32 points were also the most in a debut game for a Georgetown player since Brian Sheehan scored 30 points on Dec. 4, 1958 against Kentucky Wesleyan. Pryor led five players in double figures, as Peak added 14 points, four assists and three rebounds, Govan had 11 points and six rebounds, junior guard Tre Campbell chipped in 10 points and three assists and Copeland added 10 points.
Through three games, Peak and Pryor lead the team in scoring with 17.7 points apiece, which ranks tied for 10th in the BIG EAST. Govan is third on the team with 14.3 points and second with 5.7 rebounds, while Copeland is fourth on the team with 11.3 points and leads the team with 6.7 rebounds. Freshman guard Jagan Mosely is averaging 4.7 points and a team-best 4.3 assists.
This is the fourth meeting all-time between Georgetown and Oregon, but the second away from the continental United States. The Ducks lead the all-time series, 2-1, and have won the last two meetings. G won the first meeting, at Oregon, 71-57, during the 2005-06 season. The last time the teams played was the season opener of the 2013-14, an 82-75 Ducks win at Camp Humphreys in South Korea as part of the Armed Forces Classic.