#13 Georgetown Too Efficient for DePaul

DePaul (7-7, 0-2) dropped their Big East home opener 67-50 to 13th-ranked Georgetown (11-1, 2-0) at Allstate Arena this afternoon. While the Blue Demons put up a fight in the first half, they had no answer while getting carved up by Georgetown's efficient Princeton offense in the second half.

Georgetown never trailed in the contest, but DePaul was able to pull to within two with the score at 27-25 with 3:37 to play in the first half. The Blue Demons were able to convert some Georgetown turnovers into points in transition in the first half, but the Hoyas were keyed by a 8-0 run to close out the half.

It was a tough day at the office for DePaul senior guard Will Walker, who scored nine points, but shot three of 14 from the field.

Walker, who had four assists, and point guard Jeremiah Kelly have picked up the ballhandling duties since Mike Bizoukas has been sidelined with a knee injury for the remainder of the season.

"Will's three for 14 isn't why we lost," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "Somebody else has to step up. It's the fact that he had to take 14 shots."

The lone bright spot for the Demons was junior big man Mac Koshwal. Mac put on a 16 point, eight rebound performance with no turnovers in front of scouts from 15 NBA teams.

"He's a terrific basketball player," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "He's someone that can finesse you or beat you up. That's unique. Individually there's not much he can't do on the court."

Georgetown center Greg Monroe was held to 10 points, but contributed in may other ways including dishing out five assists and blocking three shots.

"Greg is invaluable," Thompson said. "Greg is one of those players where you look at his line and he can score 10 points, but still have a great effect on the game. He has the ability to make his teammates better without scoring points. The more he touches it, the easier life is for everyone else."

The Hoyas had four players finish in double-figures. Junior guard Chris Wright led all scorers with 18 points. Austin Freeman contributed with 17 points and Jason Clark chipped in with 13.

Koshwal and DePaul were able to get their transition game going in the first half by capitalizing off of Georgetown miscues.

"I thought in the first half we did a poor job with transition defense," said Thompson. "They got a lot of points on second shots and transition. I thought if we could guard them at half court and not get a second shot we'd be OK. They were getting too many easy baskets on stuff we can control."

Georgetown's shooting efficiency in the second half limited the opportunities for DePaul to get out in transition. The Hoyas shot 61.1% from the field and 50% on threes in the second stanza.

"They put the pressure on us because of their offense," said Wainwright.

The Blue Demons now face the challenge of going into Villanova on Wednesday night to face the Wildcats who advanced to the Final Four last season.

Notes:

- Will Walker is now tied for third all-time at DePaul in career 3-pointers with Brandon Cole (1991-95) at 155 trifectas.

- DePaul Director of Basketball Operations Tom Kleinschmidt will be inducted into the DePaul University Athletics Hall of Fame on January 30th.

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