Georgetown gusted past DePaul in the Windy City on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoyas defeated the Blue Demons 68-60 to start the day of play. The victory improves Georgetown up to 8-11 and 6-8 in Big East play. It’s the third victory for the Hoyas in the last four games and fifth in the last eight.
Both teams started off sluggishly, producing only 38 combined points through the first 15 minutes of action. Georgetown would go on a bit of a run after that, and eventually propped their lead up to 30-26 at the break. The second half would start well for DePaul, as Charlie Moore hit a 3-pointer 26 seconds in. However, things would soon unravel. Georgetown rumbled on a 15-0 run after that basket, propelling themselves up to a 48-29 lead at the 13:11 mark. DePaul answered with a 10-0 run themselves, but it was not nearly enough for them to really challenge the adversary.
DePaul would aim to chip and chip away, but the Hoyas clamped them down. They did finally trim it to single digits, but by then, the game was well in hand. And by then, DePaul could only look up and see they were sadly on the losing end of things once again.
The above-mentioned Moore led all scorers with 22 points on the day. He also had a game-high four 3-pointers, as both teams shot the ball particularly well from deep. DePaul made 38.9 percent of their 18 attempts, while Georgetown made 41.2 percent of their 17 attempts. We’d spoken about how this game could be decided from 3, but in the end it was a bit of a wash. Georgetown did best the adversary, but they each had the same amount of made threes (7).
One big difference in the game was free throws. Both teams shot at least 90 percent, but the visiting team got to the line much more. Georgetown had 21 attempts from the FT line, and made 19 of them. DePaul, on the other hand, went 9-of-10. 10 more attempts provided a pretty significant difference in the game as the scoreboard will tell you and Georgetown absolutely made those attempts count.
Georgetown had three double-figure scorers, with Chudier Bile leading the charge with 19 points. Dante Harris and Jamorko Pickett followed with 14 points apiece, as Pickett hit three 3-pointers and had six boards. Bile had a double-double with 10 rebounds and added three assists to his line, as well. No other Hoya had more than seven points, so Bile, Harris and Pickett were certainly very responsible for helping to bring the team to victory.
Georgetown will hope to keep things rolling, as they head back to D.C. to take on Xavier on Tuesday. DePaul, meanwhile, hopes to salvage things with their last currently scheduled game on Tuesday against Marquette.