Georgetown wins fifth-straight in rout of DePaul
=== Georgetown wins fifth-straight in rout of DePaul ===
Rosemont, IL (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert scored 17 points on 7-of-9
shooting as 17th-ranked Georgetown routed DePaul, 64-44, in a Big East matchup
at Allstate Arena.
Jeff Green added 15 points for the red-hot Hoyas (15-4, 6-2 Big East), who
have won four straight games in Big East play for the first time since January
Georgetown, which has won five straight overall, also received 10 points from
Draelon Burns topped the Blue Demons (8-11, 1-7) with 12 points. DePaul shot
just 35 percent for the night and lost for the sixth consecutive time.
The Hoyas took control of the game early, tearing off 18 consecutive points
after the Blue Demons recorded the game’s opening basket.
Jonathan Wallace started the huge run with back-to-back three-pointers and
Hibbert netted six points during the burst, including a jumper which gave
Georgetown a commanding 18-2 lead just over six minutes in.
After Burns finally stopped the streak with a bucket, Hibbert converted a
layup and Ashanti Cook followed with a triple that put the Hoyas up 23-4 with
still over 10 minutes left in the first half.
Georgetown cruised into the break with a 34-18 advantage behind 13 points from
Hibbert, who knocked down 5-of-6 first-half field goal attempts. DePaul went
just 7-of-25 (28 percent) from the floor over the initial 20 minutes.
The Demons closed the gap to 12 early in the second half after a Burns trey
and Sammy Mejia’s three-point play made the score 36-24. However, Wallace had
a layup and free throw to ignite a 9-2 run that gave the Hoyas a 19-point
bulge with 14 minutes to go.
DePaul never got closer to within 13 points the rest of the way.
Mejia, the Blue Demons’ leading scorer, returned to action after sitting
out the entire second half with a sprained ankle in last Wednesday’s loss to
Marquette. He only managed five points, however, more than 10 under his season
average. The teams were meeting for the first time since February 14, 1998,
when Georgetown earned a 65-59 victory at the United Center…DePaul is in its
first season as a member of the Big East…The Hoyas outrebounded the Blue