January 14, 2012

Big Apple next for Hoyas

Following is a press release regarding G'Town's gave against St. John's tomorrow. HoyaReport.com plans to be on the scene. Please tweet questions for the post game presser to Twitter.com/HoyaNation.

No. 11 Georgetown Heads to Big Apple for Sunday Matchup with St. John's



WASHINGTON - The 11th-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team returns to action for the first time in five days, playing at long-time BIG EAST rival St. John's on Sunday, Jan. 15 at Madison Square Garden. Tipoff at the World's Most Famous Arena is slated for noon.

The game will be shown live on MASN, with Bob Picozzi and Tim Welsh calling all of the action. The game will also be shown on MSG in New York, Brighthouse in Florida (Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, St. Pete), Altitude in Denver, Time-Warner in Milwaukee and Green Bay, FSN in Cincinnati and Cox in Providence. Locally, fans can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call from Rich Chvotkin.

Georgetown has lost its last two games, first at West Virginia (74-62) and then at home to Cincinnati (68-64), falling to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas are ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll. The Blue & Gray and No. 20 in the latest RPI Ratings from warrennolan.com and No. 14 according to strength of schedule.

Georgetown moved into the top-10 of the Associated Press Top 25 poll on January 2, appearing at No. 9 following the team's win at then-No. 4 Louisville. It was the sixth-straight year the Hoyas have made at least one appearance in the top-10. The last time Georgetown had a string of six-straight years in the top-10 was between 1981-82 and 1986-87. Georgetown is one of only four schools nationwide to appear in the top-10 at least once in each of the last six years (Duke, North Carolina and Pittsburgh).

Through 16 games, the Hoyas have more wins over ranked teams - four- than any team in the country. They are 4-1 against ranked teams, beating then No. 8 Memphis, 91-88, in overtime, winning at No. 8 Alabama, 57-55, winning at No. 4 Louisville (71-68) and beating Marquette (73-70).

Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), who scored 26 points in Georgetown's 73-70 win over No. 20 Marquette last week, leads the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game, which is 16th in the BIG EAST. Clark is also averaging 3.9 rebounds,1.9 steals and 1.3 assists. Clark has 1,147 points and needs 45 more points to pass Merlin Wilson (1972-76) for 28th place all-time at Georgetown.

Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Thompson, who scored 14 points and hit 5-of-6 shots from the field and all four of his three-point attempts in the Cincinnati loss, leads the team in field goal percentage (53.2%) and is leading the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage at 52.4%, which ranks No. 12 nationally. He has reached double figures in scoring 14 times this season.

Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) is averaging 11.8 points, is third on the team with 5.3 rebounds and leads the team with 3.81 assists. Sims, who leads the Hoyas with 26 blocks shots (1.6 per game), is the only player in the BIG EAST among the-15 in the league in both assists and blocked shots.

St. John's enters today's game with an 8-8 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the BIG EAST. The Red Storm are coming off an 83-64 loss on the road to Marquette. Their two BIG EAST wins came against Providence (91-67) and on the road last week at Cincinnati (57-55). Freshman guard D'Angelo Harrison leads the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Freshman forward Moe Harkness is second on the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds, which is tied for fifth in the BIG EAST. Freshman forward God's Gift Achiuwa is third on the team with 12.1 points and second with 6.9 rebounds, while freshman guard Sir'Dominic Pointer is averaging 6.7 points per game.

The game St. John's will be the 96th meeting all-time between the schools. SJU leads the head-to-head series, 53-42, but the Hoyas have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the teams. Last year, the teams split a pair of games, with SJU winning 61-58 at home and GU posting a 77-52 decision at home. Georgetown is 14-32 all-time on the road against St. John's.


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