Georgetown fends off DePaul from the line

WASHINGTON (AP) — D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 19 points and Georgetown held off DePaul from the free throw line for a 68-63 victory Saturday night.

The victory keeps the Hoyas (18-8) in second place in the Big East at 10-5, a half-game ahead of Providence, which plays conference leader Villanova Tuesday. No. 19 Butler fell out of a second-place tie after falling to Xavier, 73-56 Saturday.

Smith-Rivera knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 19-19 with 7:43 left in the first half and Jabril Trawick followed with a 3-pointer to give the Hoyas the lead for good, 22-19.

Billy Garrett Jr. hit a pair of free throws with :27 left to cut the Georgetown lead to two, 64-62, but could get no closer.

Joshua Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Georgetown.

Forrest Robinson had 17 points and Jamee Crockett added 13 to lead DePaul (12-16, 6-9).

Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information

The team moved into second on the season three-point field goal chart... the 2014-15 team finished the game with 226 three’s this season... the 2007-08 squad holds the program record with 231 three-pointers... Jamee Crockett (115 3pt. FG) moved into a tie for 13th all-time at DePaul in three-pointers... his is tied with Sammy Mejia (2003-07)... Billy Garrett Jr. (287 FT) moved into 21st on DePaul’s all-time free throw list... he passed Jesse Nash (1961-65) in 22nd with 284 free throws and M.C. Thompson (1960-63) in 21st all-time with 285 free throws... Forrest Robinson knocked down at least three three’s for the eighth time this season... DePaul is 6-2 in those games... Georgetown leads the series, 25-7... the Hoyas sweep the season series.

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