DePaul used an early spurt to gain an edge Tuesday night against the 20th ranked team in the nation and never looked back, trouncing the George Washington Colonials by the score of 82-61.
Four DePaul players scored in double digits, including 20 points from point guard Billy Garrett Jr. With the win, the Blue Demons move to 6-6 on the year while the Colonials drop to 10-2.
The Blue Demons began the game on a 10-0 run, with back-to-back three pointers that forced George Washington to call timeout. From there, it was all over. The closest the Colonials got after that was a Kevin Larsen free throw to make it 17-9. Just a few minutes later, it was 34-16.
The game was also a coming out party for newcomer Eli Cain, who scored 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting while hauling in five rebounds. Cain's 16 points were the sixth time the freshman from New Jersey had scored in double digits this season, a figure that includes a season-high 20 points against crosstown program Chicago State on December 5.
The expected leader however was Billy Garrett Jr. The hometown kid only missed three shots on the night while coming within two points of his season-high 22 points he scored against Norfolk State. Garrett Jr. also racked up seven assists against the Colonials while only committing two turnovers.
The game was dominated by DePaul, who saw Myke Henry make spectacular plays in the paint. The Blue Demons also held George Washington to a meager 34 percent shooting, their worst output this season.
The Colonials were led by Kevin Larsen, who scored 17 points.
The game leaves the Blue Demons .500 in nonconference play before beginning the Big East slate against Georgetown on December 30.