We Are Georgetown and You’re Not: Hoyas Host St. John’s in Snowy D.C.
While Georgetown students have the day off from classes due to D.C.’s first major snowfall of 2015, the same can not be said for the Georgetown men’s basketball team (16-8, 8-5 Big East). Snow or no snow, they have their first meeting of the season with longtime rival St. John’s (17-8, 6-6 Big East) Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00pm.
The Hoyas will take the floor for the first time since last Tuesday, when they dismantled Seton Hall, 86-67 in Newark. Making just his second start of the season, freshman forward Isaac Copeland led the way for the Hoyas with 23 points and eight rebounds. During a stretch midway through the second half, the Raleigh, N.C. native scored or assisted on 14 consecutive points.
“Things were going my way. It’s happens like that sometimes,” Copeland said.
For his stellar play, Copeland was named Big East Rookie of the Week. While he appreciates the accolade, he has higher priorities.
“It’s a great honor, but I’m more concerned about winning,” Copeland said.
The Hoyas’ opponent, St. John’s, enters Tuesday night’s contest on a three-game winning streak. After dropping two of their first six games in Big East play, the Red Storm have won four of their last five, with victories against Providence, Creighton, DePaul, and Xavier.
The Johnnies, as they’re more affectionately known by its New York fanbase, boast a plethora of options on the offensive end. Senior guard D’Angelo Harrison, one of four players to score 12 or more points per game, leads the Red Storm averaging 19.5 points.
Sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan averages close to 14 points along with nearly three assists while senior guard Sir’Dominic Pointer complements him, averaging 13.0 points, team-high 7.4 rebounds, and three assists. Junior forward Chris Obekpa leads the Big East in blocks, averaging nearly three per game.
All in all, the Red Storm offense will be a handful for the Hoyas.
“They have a lot of scorers. They’re pretty guard-heavy,” Copeland said. “They’re pretty athletic so we have to be ready to defend one-on-one.”
With the Hoyas hoping to solidify their NCAA Tournament résumé with just five games remaining in conference play, Copeland feels defense will be the key to victory.
“As long as we can defend, I feel like we can beat anybody.”
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