Georgetown takes down DePaul 71-59

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - For one half of Georgetown’s 71-59 win Monday over DePaul, it looked like the Hoyas would squander any boost from their upset win Saturday over No. 9 Michigan State.

In fact, Georgetown coach John Thompson III didn’t think that victory was helping them much against the Blue Demons.

“It didn’t seem like it in the first half,” Thompson said.

Something did end up clicking for the Hoyas, who had Markel Starks score 26 points to help them continue their mastery of the Blue Demons despite trailing 30-27 at halftime.

“We just came out with more energy, above and beyond everything. Just came out with more energy,” Starks said. “Shots started to fall, started getting easy buckets, and we were able to contribute.”

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 17 and Jabril Trawick had 15 for the Hoyas, who were coming off a 64-60 upset win in New York over then-No. 7 Michigan State. That victory came after a stretch of five straight losses and defeats in the Hoyas’ last six of seven.

On Monday, Starks somewhat downplayed what the MSU win meant.

“Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to take away from the Michigan State win - that was a great boost for us but at the end of the day we can’t come out and play like we did in the first half, regardless of how big that win was, or what have you,” Starks said. “Every game, every single day we gotta come out with that same intensity as we did in that game.”

Georgetown (13-9, 4-6 Big East) prolonged its dominance of the Blue Demons, topping DePaul for the second time this season and 14th straight time overall. The 14 consecutive wins are the most for one Big East team against another, and DePaul hasn’t beaten Georgetown since Jan. 22, 1994.

The Hoyas didn’t take their first lead until an Aaron Bowen 3-pointer with 14:43 remaining in the second half, but then took their first double-digit advantage with 6:26 left at 56-44, part of a 10-0 run and half where they shot 45 percent from the field.

“The first half I thought we were more focused defensively,” DePaul’s Billy Garrett Jr. said. “We were more in tune and locked in. We had some slippage as far as focus in the second half.”

DePaul’s shooting, which was 32.1 percent during the second half, didn’t help. Nor did the Hoyas scoring 23 points off turnovers to DePaul’s three.

“We didn’t turn it over that much, but look at the points on turnovers on the stat sheet. Was it 23-3? That’s hard,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said. “Hard to overcome that.”

The Hoyas, though, got off to a slow start. DePaul took a three-point lead into the break and led by as much as nine, holding Georgetown to 30 percent shooting from the floor.

That included the Hoyas making just one of their first 13 shots.

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