Georgetown (12-1, 2-0) jumped out to a 11-0 lead before DePaul (6-8, 2-1) knew what had hit them, causing Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright to call a timeout just four minutes into the contest.
"Obviously, a tough team to spot the points we did to start the game," said Wainwright.
After grabbing the quick lead, Georgetown looked like a cat toying with a captured mouse.
"I felt like we didn't play together in the beginning," said DePaul freshman captain Mac Koshwal. "We had a bad start, we just couldn't get the lead back."
Coming out strong out of the gate was important to Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "We knew we had to play well today," said Thompson. "We knew we had to play with a lot of enthusiasm."
DePaul had no answer for 7-2 Georgetown senior center Roy Hibbert inside. Hibbert led all scorers with 17 points, while snaring a team-high 11 rebounds and a dishing a team-high five assists. The Hoyas owned the inside while outscoring the Demons 50-34 in the paint.
"Roy Hibbert was terrific tonight," Thompson said. "He set the tone early."
It was a night where the Hoyas could do no wrong and the Demons were the guys who couldn't shoot straight. Georgetown shot 54.4% from the field, while DePaul shot 32.4% from the floor and a mere 17.4% from long distance. The Demons did manage to hold the normally hot from the perimeter Hoyas to just five three pointers in the contest.
It was the second straight game for DePaul where the upperclassmen failed to come through. The Demons were led by freshmen Darquavis Tucker and Mac Koshwal who scored 14 points apiece. DePaul's bench scored 31 of the team's 60 points. Sophomore guard Will Walker also reached double figures with 11 points.
"We got away from a lot of the things that we do," said senior Draelon Burns. "They were making shots and we were missing them. They played a good game. We just have to bounce back and worry about St. John's."
Freshman captain Mac Koshwal has been the most consistent Demon in Big East play so far. Koshwal corralled a career high 13 rebounds for a double-double. "I'm certainly am extremely proud of Mac Koshwal," Wainwright expressed. "Mac said something interesting to me. He said ‘I didn't know if I was tough enough going into this game to play against these kind of guys, if you play hard and keep working I felt like I could hang in there and play'. I thought he came out of the game with some confidence that will hopefully add to his freshman season."
Georgetown had four players finish in double figures. Freshman Austin Freeman contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, while guards Jessie Sapp and Jonathan Wallace had 12 points apiece.
DePaul takes their 2-1 Big East record into New York for their first conference road game of the season at St. John's on Saturday.
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