DePaul Drops BIG EAST Opener at Georgetown
Dec. 31, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – DePaul battled but couldn’t overcome a six-minute field goal drought in the second half as the Blue Demons fell, 61-54, at Georgetown on Tuesday evening. Billy Garrett Jr. led DePaul with 17 points and Brandon Young added 13 in the loss.
The Blue Demons tallied just a single field goal over the first 11-plus minutes, but kept in the game by going to the free throw line five times.
Both teams warmed up over the final half of the opening frame as each put together a run. Trailing 13-8, a three-pointer by Garrett sparked a 12-2 run that ended with DePaul leading, 20-13 with five minutes left in the first half. On DePaul’s next possession, Durrell McDonald sank a three from the corner to give the Blue Demons their largest lead of the game at 23-15.
Georgetown (9-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) answered with a 14-2 run to finish that half and took a 29-25 lead at intermission as Aaron Bowen beat the buzzer with a three-pointer for the Hoyas.
The Hoyas opened the second half by outscoring DePaul, 11-6, to build a 40-31 advantage. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s driving lay-in forced DePaul coach Oliver Purnell to call a time out with the Hoyas leading by nine with 15:28 left in the game.
Georgetown gradually built a 12-point advantage and held the Blue Demons without a field goal over a six-minute stretch. Garrett’s second three-pointer of the evening ended the field goal drought and made the score 55-47 with 3:32 left on the clock.
Two possessions later, Charles McKinney scored on a breakaway lay-up off a blocked shot by Cleveland Melvin to bring the Blue Demons to within six, but they could get no closer down the stretch and Georgetown held on for the 61-54 win in the league opener for both teams.
DePaul (8-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) outrebounded the Hoyas by a 39-33 margin, but shot just .500 (13-26) from the free throw line. Cleveland Melvin and Charles McKinney each added six points for the Blue Demons.
Up next for DePaul is a Saturday afternoon game at Marquette. Start time for the 113th meeting between DePaul and Marquette is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Notes: DePaul is 1-8 all-time in BIG EAST openers... Georgetown leads the all-time series, 22-6, with 13 straight victories... the Blue Demons made at least one three-pointer for the 625th straight game... DePaul has outrebounded its opponent in 11 times in 14 games... the Blue Demons outrebounded the opponent in 12 games in the entire 2012-13 season.