By: Don Phillips
Creighton Bluejays (14-6, 5-2) at Georgetown Hoyas (12-8, 5-2 BIG EAST)
Verizon Center | Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. (ET)
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The game against Creighton will be the eighth all-time meeting between the teams, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series 4-3 with the Hoyas having won four of the last five meetings between the teams, including three games during the 2014-15 season. Georgetown has a 2-0 record at home against Creighton since the Bluejays joined the BIG EAST Conference.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera leads Georgetown in scoring with 16.2 points per game and in assists with 4.5 per game. Bradley Hayes has hit a team-best 54.3% of his field goals. DSR ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring, sixth in assists and fourth in 3-pointers made. In seven BIG EAST Conference games, he is second in the league with 18.9 points per game and third with 5.6 assists.
His 20-point game at Xavier was his fourth game this season with at least 20 points – DSR has two games with 30-plus points this season – and the 24th of his career.
DSR ranks 10th all-time in scoring at GU with 1,170 points in 118 career games, a 14.5 per game average. He needs 26 points to pass Kevin Braswell (‘02) for ninth all-time. Sophomore forward Isaac Copeland is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 10.2 points and 4.8 boards per game.
Sophomore guard L.J. Peak is third on the team with 9.8 points and 3.1 rebounds, while senior center Bradley Hayes is fourth on the team with 8.6 points and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds, which ranks 13th in the league. Junior forward Reggie Cameron, who has scored in double figures in three of the last four games and is averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in that span, is fifth on the team with 7.3 points.
Senior center Bradley Hayes made the most of his opportunity when he started the first two games of the season, the first of his career. Hayes scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his first career double-double in the season opener against Radford and followed that up with 16 points and nine rebounds against No.3 Maryland.
Through 20 games, he is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.6 points and leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.8 boards per game (13th in the BIG EAST). He also ranks eighth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 54.3 percent of his shots.
Entering his senior year, Hayes has appeared in a grand total of 42 games and scored 30 points. He has already more than quadrupled his career total of points in 20 games (171). In addition, he has already surpassed his career field goal attempts (21 in 42 games, 129 in 20 games) and field goals made (10 in 42 games, 70 in 20 games).
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