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Men's Basketball

Hoyas Begin Three-Game Home Stretch Against Providence

WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University men's basketball team (11-5, 1-2 BIG EAST) returns to the Nation's Capital to begin a three-game homestand as it hosts the Providence College Friars (10-5, 0-2 BE) at Capital One Arena on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for noon and a link to live stats is available at GUHoyas.com.
 
The game can be seen live on FS1 with Dave O'Brien calling the play-by-play and Tarik Turner serving as the analyst. The game can be heard locally on The Team 980 radio station with Rich Chvotkin in his 45th season on the call.
 
The Hoyas are coming off an 81-75 road loss to the Xavier University Musketeers on Wednesday night. Senior Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y. / Wings Academy) led all scorers with 27 points on the evening. Freshman James Akinjo (Oakland, Calif. / Salesian College Preparatory) and senior Greg Malinowski (Chantilly, Va. / Episcopal) chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, to round out those in double figures. Govan and freshman Josh LeBlanc (Baton Rouge, La. / Madison Prep Academy) each grabbed eight rebounds to lead the squad on the glass. Malinowski and Akinjo paced the offense as they dished out six assists apiece.
 
Govan continues his impressive play on the court, averaging 23.0 ppg over the first three BIG EAST contests. The senior center also remains the Hoyas top scorer overall, averaging 19.2 ppg, fourth in the conference. Akinjo and classmate Mac McClung (Gate City, Va. / Gate City) are posting strong scoring numbers as well, averaging 14.1 and 12.3 ppg, respectively. LeBlanc ranks in the top five in multiple BIG EAST categories including rebounds (8.1 rpg - 2nd) and field goal percentage (.663 - 4th).
 
Through three conference games, Georgetown sits atop the BIG EAST standings in a number of categories including the highest scoring offense (84.3 ppg.), rebounding (38.0 rpg), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and assists (19.3 apg). In league action, Govan tops the conference averaging 1.7 blocks per game.

Providence is coming off a 65-59 home loss against the Villanova University Wildcats last Saturday. Makai Ashton-Langford led the Friars with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and Alpha Diallo chipped in 10 points and seven boards. Diallo leads Providence in several statistical categories with 16.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg. 3.1 apg and 1.8 spg. A.J. Reeves is the only other Friar in double figures with 14.2 ppg.
 
Saturday's game marks the 73rd overall meeting against Providence, with Georgetown currently holding the series lead at 44-28. The Friars defeated the Hoyas 74-69 in last year's battle at Capital One Arena. Govan led all scorers with 20 points and also tallied his 1,000th career point in the game. Sophomore guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) and junior guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) both contributed 12 points apiece. 

Following Saturday's game, the Hoyas will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 15 as they welcome the Marquette University Golden Eagles to Capital One Arena. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m.
 
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