Mount St. Mary's (3-2) at (16) Georgetown (4-0)
Monday, November 30th, 7:30 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Pat Taggart, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Verizon Center (20,600) -- Washington, D.C. Television: MASN. Home Record: Mount St. Mary's 1-1, Georgetown 2-0. Away Record: Mount St. Mary's 2-1, Georgetown 2-0. Neutral Record: Mount St. Mary's 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Conference Record: Mount St. Mary's 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Series Record: Georgetown leads, 19-6.
GAME NOTES: The Georgetown Hoyas welcome the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers to D.C. for a non-conference affair this evening.
Mount St. Mary's came through with a 65-56 overtime victory over Navy on Saturday, enabling the team to improve to 3-2 overall. The Mountaineers have played one other team from a major conference thus far, but that matchup with Oklahoma ended in a 95-71 setback.
As for Georgetown, it has won all four games it has played thus far. Three of the victories have come by double figures, and the fourth was a one-point triumph over Temple. On Saturday, the Hoyas defeated Lafayette by a 97-64 final.
Georgetown owns a 19-6 advantage in the all-time series with Mount St. Mary's, including a 69-58 victory over the Mountaineers last season.
Jeremy Goode is the top scorer on the Mount St. Mary's roster, as he is netting 16.6 ppg. Jean Cajou is the only other double-digit scorer, as he is posting 14.4 ppg. The Mountaineers are scoring 67.2 ppg this season, and the team is limiting opponents to 66.2 ppg. Rebounding has been an area of difficulty for Mount St. Mary's, as it is pulling down nearly six boards per game fewer than the opposition. In the victory over Navy last time out, Goode scored 18 points despite a 5-of-16 effort from the floor. Cajou added 16 points, as he knocked down 3-of-5 three-pointers. Shawn Atupem pitched in with 11 points, and Kelly Beidler posted nine points and 14 rebounds. Somehow, the Mountaineers won the game despite shooting a mere 33.9 percent from the field. Clearly, a 23-12 edge in points from the foul line helped the cause.
Georgetown has played extremely well at both ends of the floor this season. The Hoyas are generating 70.0 ppg on 51.7 percent from the floor, including 39.7 percent accuracy from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Hoyas are limiting opponents to 52.8 ppg on 35.9 percent overall shooting. There are four double-digit scorers on the roster for this balanced Georgetown team, and standout pivot Greg Monroe is tops with 13.8 ppg and 9.0 rpg. Jason Clark is netting 13.5 ppg, Chris Wright provides 12.8 ppg, and Austin Freeman adds 12.5 ppg. Georgetown shot 61 percent from the floor in the most recent win over Lafayette, and six players reached double figures in scoring. Clark had 19 points and six assists, as his Hoyas shot 10-of-20 from three-point range and 15-of-18 from the foul line. A total of 24 assists against only 11 turnovers played an integral role in the outcome as well.
The Hoyas are clearly a better team than the Mountaineers. Expect Georgetown to lead this game from start to finish, dominating both ends of the court.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgetown 80, Mount St. Mary's 52
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