The Georgetown men’s basketball team (9-6, 2-1 Big East) will play the DePaul Blue Demons (6-9, 0-3 Big East) Saturday at Verizon Center. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 12:00 p.m., and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Georgetown is coming off a 79-66 loss to the Creighton Blue Jays (11-5, 2-1 Big East) on Tuesday night. Senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and freshman forward Jessie Govan each scored 17 points for the Hoyas, who once again struggled to contain strong opposing guard play. This time, the onslaught came from the Blue Jays’ junior guard Maurice Watson Jr., who dropped 27 points.
“He controlled the game right from the tip. There’s no other way to put it,” said Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III of Watson.
The Hoyas were not able to keep Creighton out of the paint, as the Blue Jay guards were able to consistently penetrate and draw fouls. The Blue Jays attempted 25 free throws as a team, while Georgetown shot just seven. Thompson thought his team’s lack of aggressiveness was reflected in those numbers.
“They really guarded,” said Thompson. “We, instead of trying to get to the basket, settled for too many threes in the latter part of the game. But some of them were open.”
Georgetown will try and regroup against a DePaul squad they defeated 70-58 in their Big East opener on Dec. 30. Smith-Rivera and sophomore forward Isaac Copeland each scored 15 for the Hoyas in that win. Copeland’s streak of six straight double-digit scoring outings ended against Creighton, when he managed just one point against the Blue Jays.
DePaul is still winless in conference play, most recently falling to No. 18 Butler (12-3, 1-2 Big East), 77-72. Senior forward Myke Henry led the Blue Demons in the loss with 22 points, and junior center Tommy Hamilton IV added 19 points off the bench. On the season, junior guard Billy Garrett Jr. leads the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg. DePaul’s last win came on Dec. 22 to George Washington (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic 10).
The matchup against DePaul will be a single-game homestand before the Hoyas make the trip to New York to take on St. John’s (7-9, 0-3 Big East) in Madison Square Garden.