Strong 2nd Half for Georgetown Dooms DePaul

The Georgetown Hoyas were too much to handle for the Blue Demons in the second half in a 71-59 loss at Allstate Arena on Monday night.

After leading 30-27 at the half, DePaul (10-13, 2-8) wilted in the second half shooting just 32.1 percent from the field in the half.

The Demons scoring drought in the second stanza proved costly.

"We had about a eight minute stretch there beginning in the second half where we just didn't play well due to a lack of defensive focus and miscues," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "At the same time we had a drought of six minutes where we didn't get a field goal. So, that eight minute stretch really cost us the game."

A technical foul on Tommy Hamilton IV with 10:41 remaining helped solidify a 44-37 Georgetown lead that DePaul was never able to recoup.

"We had some slippage as far as focus in the second half, so I think that's what got them back into the game," said DePaul freshman Billy Garrett, Jr. "They thrive off of turnovers and back door cuts."

Three Blue Demons finished in double-figures tonight. Senior guard Brandon Young led DePaul with 15 points and seven rebounds, but went five of 13 from the field.

Freshman guard Billy Garrett, Jr. returned from illness to score 12 points coming off the bench.

Freshman R.J. Curington, who was named Big East Rookie of the Week today and received his first career start tonight, added 10 points while shooting four of 12 from the floor.

Georgetown (13-9, 4-6) guard Markel Starks led all scorers with 26 points. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 17 points in the winning effort for the Hoyas.

The Blue Demons next travel to Omaha, Nebraska for the first time in Big East conference play, where they will meet the Creighton Bluejays in a Friday night game. The Blue Demons next two games are against the top two teams in the conference – Creighton and Villanova.

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