DePaul Drops Big East Opener

The Blue Demons struggles were many as they dropped their Big East Conference opener 70-58 to the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday night.

Free throw shooting, turnovers, and the disappearance of key players hurt DePaul (6-7, 0-1) in the loss.

Georgetown (8-5, 1-0) opened up the second half on a 8-0 run and never really looked back from there.

While the Blue Demons outrebounded the Hoyas by a 37-36 margin and dominated the scoring in the paint 30 to 16, Georgetown got it done from the perimeter shooting 10 of 23 from beyond the arc.

“We didn’t talk a lot defensively,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “Statistically they have a lot of guys who can shoot it.  The best way to defend it is to be able to communicate and be really sharp and know what’s coming so that you can be a step or two ahead of where they need you to be.  We weren’t.  We were a step or two behind.”

Billy Garrett, Jr. led all scorers with 21 points, shooting seven of 13 from the field, but turned the ball over five times.  Garrett also uncharacteristically didn’t attempt a single 3-pointer the entire evening.

“I don’t think Bill played with urgency today,” Leitao said.  “When he decided that he was going to attack the rim, he was a little too loose with the basketball.”

The Hoyas scored 15 points off of Blue Demon turnovers.

Garrett was the only Blue Demon to reach double figures and got very little support from the rest of his squad.  Myke Henry, who is DePaul’s most consistent player, had a rare off night, scoring just two points while going zero for four from the field.

Adding to DePaul’s struggles was the fact that they went 13 for 24 from the free throw line tonight.

Three players finished in double figures for Georgetown.  Isaac Copeland and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 15 points apiece.  L.J. Peak came in off the bench to add 14 points for the Hoyas.

The Blue Demons next travel to Newark, New Jersey where they will meet the Seton Hall Pirates in an early Saturday morning game at 10 a.m. Central.   


Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information: Billy Garrett Jr. (268 assists) passed Joe Ponsetto (1974-78, 264 assists) for 23rd place on the all-time assists list when he recorded his second assist midway through the first half... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 689 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are now 334-169 (.664) all-time at Allstate Arena... Georgetown leads the series, 26-7, with three straight victories... DePaul is now 2-9 in 11 BIG EAST openers and 6-19 all-time in the first conference game of the season.


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