Georgetown vs. High Point
When: 9 p.m. Where: Verizon Center. TV: Fox Sports 1.
Radio: WTEM-980. Records: Hoyas 4-2; Panthers 3-3.
Outlook: On the heels of Saturday’s 21-point victory over Lipscomb, Georgetown returns to Verizon Center to take on High Point, the second in a four-game string of mid-major opponents before the Hoyas head to Kansas on Dec. 21.
The mantra of the Hoyas co-captain Nate Lubick is the same as it was following the team’s loss to Northeastern earlier in the season. “We have to be able to get up and play no matter what is on the front of the other team’s jersey,” Lubick said Wednesday.
Sophomore D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has had no trouble doing just that, leading the Hoyas in scoring for a fifth consecutive game. His 18.7 points per game rank fourth in the Big East.
High Point, which was picked to finish first in the Big South, boasts the league’s preseason player of the year, redshirt sophomore John Brown, a 6-foot-8 forward who leads the team with averages of 21.7 points and 9.8 rebounds. But it’s highly unlikely that their most skilled player, Baltimore native Allan Chaney, will be in the lineup because of a heart ailment that flared up during a Nov. 24 game against Wofford.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson III knows the 6-9, 240-pound Chaney well, having recruited him years ago. But the widely courted Chaney enrolled at Florida in 2008 and later transferred to Virginia Tech.
Chaney never competed for the Hokies, diagnosed during his time in Blacksburg with viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. He had a defibrillator implanted but was never medically cleared to play. After graduating in 2012, he enrolled in graduate school at High Point and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. He competed without incident last season and through the first four games this season. But he has been out since his defibrillator went off seven minutes into the Wofford game, while his condition is reevaluated.
“I hope he’s okay,” Thompson said of Chaney. “I admire his love of the game and his desire to play. I just hope he’s making the right decision and everything turns out okay.”
— Liz Clarke