No. 11 Hoyas take down DePaul
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - D'Vaun Smith-Rivera poured in a game-high 33 points as No. 11 Georgetown handled DePaul, 90-66, at Verizon Center.
Nate Lubick totaled 15 points and eight rebounds, while Jabril Trawick added 13 with a pair of blocks and as many steals for the Hoyas (20-4, 10-3 Big East), who won their eighth straight game.
Brandon Young posted 16 points, seven boards and four assists for the Blue Demons (11-15, 2-11), losers in 10 of their last 11. Jamee Crockett contributed 10 points in the setback.
Georgetown was only ahead 28-25 after a Durrell McDonald triple for DePaul with 5:59 left in the first half, but the Hoyas finished strong and maintained control to post the easy victory.
Lubick hit a bucket and Trawick followed with two more to open up a nine-point edge just over a minute later. Smith-Rivera's basket pushed the advantage into double digits at 37-27, then his layup inside of a minute remaining made it 43-29, a lead which stood at the break.
Smith-Rivera knocked down a jumper then connected from long distance on consecutive possessions early in the second half to put the hosts ahead by a 54-35 count. A short time later, Lubick's lay-in produced a 21-point margin, and the lead swelled as high as 67-41, with 12:21 to play, on a three-point play from Trawick.
The Blue Demons were only able to close their gap to as little as 17 for the remainder of regulation.
DePaul led 7-2 early on, but Georgetown's initial burst found it ahead 13-11 after a triple by Markel Starks just under eight minutes into the contest.
Georgetown has won 21 of the 27 meetings with DePaul, including 12 in a row ... Smith-Rivera finished 10-of-12 from the field, 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe ... Starks finished with eight points and a game-best seven assists ... Otto Porter totaled 11 points in 20 minutes for the Hoyas ... Donnavan Kirk pulled down a team-best eight rebounds for DePaul.
02/20 21:44:47 ET