For the first time in his collegiate career, Georgetown guard Rodney Pryor got to play in his native Chicagoland. The Evanston, IL native took the court at the Allstate Arena Tuesday night just 12 miles from his hometown.
As he so often does, Pryor played a huge role in the 76-73 Hoyas victory, leading the team with 26 points, including four three-pointers.
It was LJ Peak who hit the most pivotal shots for the Hoyas, though. After DePaul and Georgetown traded buckets down the stretch, Peak hit a layup to tie the game at 73. He was fouled on the layup and converted the free throw. Then, Peak hit another layup with 13 seconds left to put the Hoyas up by three. He finished the game with 13 points.
Jessie Govan was the other Hoya in double figures. He had 14, nine of which came in the second half.
For the Blue Demons, Billy Garrett finished the night with 25 points and became DePaul’s all-time free throw leader midway through the second half with 530 makes on his career. Additionally, Eli Cain overcame a four-point 2-9 shooting performance in the first half to finish with 19 on the night. Cain scored 11 straight points for DePaul in the second half. Tre’Darius McCallum had a good look at a game-tying three at the buzzer, but the shot just missed.
DePaul is now 1-8 in Big East play. On the surface that looks bad, given the fact that you are what your record says you are. However, the Blue Demons have now taken single-possession losses to Villanova (three points), Butler (one point), and Georgetown (three points). A couple bounces here or there and the Blue Demons could be sitting at 4-6 in Big East play. Of course, in the interest of fairness, DePaul’s one Big East win was the result of a furious comeback and missed Kyron Cartwright layup. The point is, the Blue Demons remain trending in the right direction.
Georgetown, on the other hand, improves to 4-6 in conference play. The road to the NCAA Tournament still has obstacles for the Hoyas, but with a weak bubble and wins over Oregon, Butler, and Creighton on the season, there’s a faint glimmer of hope on the Hilltop.
DePaul will be back in action Saturday as they host Marquette. Georgetown will also be in action on Saturday, hosting Seton Hall.