DePaul Blue Demons (8-19, 1-13) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (14-13, 5-9) – Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:00 p.m. Central – Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Television – CBS Sports Network
Radio – WSCR AM 670
In their second of back-to-back road games, the DePaul Blue Demons will now try to end their 10-game losing streak in the nation's capital, when they take on the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday night.
The Demons are coming off playing their fourth-straight game against a ranked team when they lost at Butler, 82-66, on Sunday.
While Georgetown (14-13, 5-9) will not likely appear in the NCAA Tournament, Hoyas' head coach John Thompson III will surely want his club to finish strong and possibly make an appearance in the NIT after suffering his first losing season at Georgetown last year.
The Hoyas are most recently coming off a humbling loss on the road to Creighton on Sunday, losing 87-70. Aside from their win over Marquette on February 11, they have lost three of their last four games. Georgetown is now in sole possession of ninth place in the Big East.
After being predicted to finish in fifth place in the Big East coaches pre-season poll, Georgetown is once again underachieving.
So, this game may be as good as any for DePaul to snap its streak and finally get back in the win column.
However, one major hurdle would have to be cleared in order for the Demons to end the snap. They would have to win on the road, which is something they haven't achieved this year. It should also bear mentioning that DePaul has not beaten Georgetown in the regular season since they became conference mates.
So a win at Georgetown in the regular season would be way, way overdue.
That all said, DePaul almost did pull out a win when both teams met at Allstate Arena on January 31st, when the Demons lost by just three points, 76-73. So the Demons know they can hang with the Hoyas. But to grab a win, it's all about executing and finishing.
While Georgetown is a rather deep team, it is mainly powered by its trio of Rodney Pryor, L.J. Peak and Jessie Govan.
Pryor, a 6-foot-5 grad transfer from Robert Morris (and native of Evanston), is averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game to go with 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. In the first game at Allstate, Pryor exploded for 26 points on 8-14 shooting.
Peak, a 6-foot-5 wing, is second on the team with 16.8 points per game, while adding 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. The versatile guard can do a little bit of everything and in the first meeting, he scored the last five points of the game—which secured the win for the Hoyas.
Meanwhile, Govan contributes 10.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Govan also had a solid game in the first meeting when he scored 14 points to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Georgetown relies on this trio much the same way DePaul relies heavily on its trio of Eli Cain, Billy Garrett Jr and Tre'Darius McCallum. Hence, might watch a three-on-three game on Wednesday night.
All joking aside, DePaul's and Georgetown's tertiary players could be the difference Wednesday, and it will be interesting to see if the Demons can get something out of players like Joe Hanel, Brandon Cyrus and Chris Harrison-Docks.
If DePaul is looking for some carryover momentum prior to the 2017-18 season, a win Wednesday would go a long way to ensuring that.
The Last Time
On January 31, 2017, the Georgetown Hoyas narrowly escaped Allstate Arena with a 76-73 win over the Blue Demons.
The Blue Demons had an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Tre’Darius McCallum’s three point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.
DePaul was unable to stop Georgetown’s L.J. Peak, who scored twice down the final stretch including the go-ahead bucket for the Hoyas.
Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way for the Demons with 25 points on eight of 18 shooting.
Garrett also broke DePaul’s all-time record for free throws made with 529. The record was previously held by former Blue Demon center Stephen Howard.
Eli Cain contributed 19 points on seven of 17 from the field and grabbed six rebounds.
Georgetown had three players finish in double-figures.
Graduate transfer Rodney Pryor led all scorers with 26 points on eight of 14 shooting.
Jesse Govan added 14 points while Peak contributed 13 points in the winning effort for the Hoyas.
NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown/High School
0 L.J. Peak 6-5 215 G JR Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney
1 Tre Campbell 6-2 170 G JR Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS
2 Jonathan Mulmore 6-4 185 G JR New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian
4 Jagan Mosely 6-3 205 G FR Morganville, N.J./St. Anthony's
5 Reggie Cameron II 6-7 225 F SR Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic
10 Ra'Mond Hines 6-4 175 G JR Washington, D.C./Gonzaga
15 Jessie Govan 6-10 270 C SO Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy
20 George Muresan 6-9 210 F FR Potomac, Md./St. Andrew's
22 Akoy Agau 6-8 235 F JR Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central
23 Rodney Pryor 6-5 205 G GS Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep
24 Marcus Derrickson 6-7 250 F SO Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
32 Kaleb Johnson 6-6 205 G/F SO South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School
33 Trey Mourning 6-9 230 F JR Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades
42 Bradley Hayes 7-0 275 C SR Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood