Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - The 15th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas attempt
to stay perfect at the Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon, as they play host
to the Western Carolina Catamounts in non-conference action.
WCU has had an up-and-down start to the season. The good news is that is has
won both of its home games and is 2-0 in Southern Conference action, including
a 70-64 over Appalachian State last Saturday. However, the Catamounts have not
had much success away from home, winning just one of their six matchups.
After starting the season unranked, Georgetown has risen to No. 15 behind a
fantastic 8-1 start, with its only defeat coming on a neutral floor against
top-ranked Indiana in overtime, 82-72. The Hoyas have reeled off five straight
wins since that defeat, most recently taking down Longwood on Monday night,
This matchup marks the inaugural meeting between these two schools in men's
The inconsistent nature of WCU's early season has resulted in a nearly
identical scoring averages, both for (72.3 ppg) and against (72.2 ppg). It
also battles hard on the boards (plus-1.4 rebounding margin) while sporting a
narrow plus-0.4 turnover margin. The Catamounts found themselves down by
double digits in the second half against Appalachian State, but thanks in part
to big showings from the foul line (15-of-20) and beyond the arc (5-of-10)
after intermission, they were able to pull off the comeback. Pacing four
players in double figures was Tom Tankelewicz, who went 5-of-8 from 3-point
range en route to 19 points. Tawaski King (14 points), Trey Sumler (13
points), and James Sinclair (12 points) all grabbed at least six rebounds. On
the season, Sumler has been one of the SoCon's best players, averaging 16.2
ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.2 apg and 1.6 spg. King tallies 13.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg, and
Tankelewicz (10.4 ppg) has drained 30 treys at a 40.5 percent clip.
The primary reason for Georgetown's success has been due to its stout play at
the defensive end, as it ranks among the nation's elite in field goal
percentage defense (.377) and scoring defense (54.0 ppg). Against Longwood,
the Hoyas were able to keep up their defensive prowess while also putting
together their best offensive showing of the campaign in the 36-point rout.
They shot 53.7 percent from the field, and were led by 22 points from Otto
Porter, who also added seven assists, four rebounds and four steals to his
stat line, Markel Starks also had a big night, making 4-of-5 shots from 3-
point range for 17 points. Georgetown relies on contributions from each of its
starters, with all five averaging at least 8.0 ppg. Porter is not only the
leading scorer with 13.0 ppg, but he is shooting 51.9 percent from the field,
grabbing 6.9 rpg, dishing out 3.4 apg and contributing 2.4 spg and 1.6 bpg at
the defensive end. Starks (11.8 ppg) and Greg Whittington (11.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
round out the unit's double-digit scorers.
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