We Are Georgetown: Hoyas host Rutgers tonight

DSC_0183After a thrilling 79-78 double overtime win against Connecticut (19-8, 9-6 Big East), No. 7 Georgetown will look to extend its 10-game winning streak this tonight at Verizon Center when they take on Rutgers (13-13, 4-11 Big East) at 9 p.m. The Hoyas will look to complete the season sweep against the Scarlet Knights, whom they defeated earlier this season 69-63 in Piscataway on February 9.

In that game, the Hoyas were very efficient on the offensive end, shooting 57 percent from the field, including 46 percent from three-point land. Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. had a big game for the Hoyas, notching a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Junior guard Markel Starks led the Hoyas in scoring with 20 points, on 8-of-12 shooting form the field. Sophomore center Mikael Hopkins and freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera also scored in double figures for Georgetown, with 14 and 13 points respectively. Junior forward Nate Lubick was mired in foul trouble for the whole game and did not have much of an impact, scoring no points in only 15 minutes of play before fouling out.

For the Scarlet Knights, sophomore guard Eli Carter exploded for 23 points for the Scarlet Knights in the contest, almost double his season average. Despite Rutgers only shooting 38 percent from the field, Carter managed to keep them in the game as he carried the bulk of the scoring load. No other Rutgers players scored in double figures as the Hoyas managed to contain sophomore guard Myles Mack, Rutgers’ second-leading scorer, to only 9 points.

Rutgers has struggled mightily recently, having lost 9 of their last 10, including their most recent loss to Providence last Saturday 76-72. Barring an anemic performance by Georgetown, there is no reason to believe the Hoyas will be riding high on a 11-game winning streak into their matchup in Philadelphia against Villanova (18-11, 9-7 Big East) on March 6. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

File Photo: Abigail Greene/Georgetown Voice (Feb. 20, 2013, vs. DePaul)

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