CHICAGO - The junior duo of center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) and forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) combined for 49 points as the Georgetown men's basketball team garnered its first BIG EAST win of the season, defeating DePaul on the road, 90-81. With the win, the Hoyas are now 11-3 on the season and own a 1-2 record in BIG EAST play. DePaul slips to 7-8 overall and 0-3 in league action.
"If we are going to be good both Marcus and Jessie have to be the horses that pull the cart," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said after the game. "Marcus has to be better. He can't force shots, when's double or triple teamed, he has to find the open man."
Govan led all players with 25 points, while adding a game-high 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double on the year and a team-best five assists. Derrickson poured in 24 points of his own to go with seven boards and three assists. Freshman guard Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) added 15 points to round out those in double figures. Senior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany) added four assists and three steals while junior forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) chipped in three assists and three steals.
For the game, Georgetown shot 45.5 percent from the floor and hit 31-of-37 from the charity stripe. For just the second time this season, Georgetown was outrebounded, 35-33, but the Hoyas forced 17 DePaul turnovers while committing 14. The Blue & Gray received 25 points from its bench to DePaul's four.
"It was a great win and a great way to start the year," Ewing added.
The game opened with a pair of runs -- after Johnson floated his shot in to take the 2-0 lead, DePaul scored seven unanswered to prompt the GU timeout. The Hoyas stormed right back, scoring seven-straight over a 1:12 span behind an easy turnaround move from Govan, a trey from freshman Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) and a layup from Derrickson to re-take the lead, 9-7.
Both teams traded buckets but a quick 8-0 run from the Hoyas on a pair of free throws sandwiched between Derrickson treys forced DePaul to call the timeout as the Hoyas led 19-11. The Blue & Gray looked to the long ball as the Hoyas tallied a pair from downtown to extend the lead, 25-15. Georgetown led by as many as 11, 33-22, but the Blue Demons sank a trio from downtown to pull within two points, 33-31. A Derrickson layup ended the DePaul run and the Hoyas closed the final five minutes of the frame on a 13-5 run, taking a 46-37 advantage into the break.
The Hoyas were plagued with errant play to open the second half but Blair sunk his third trey of the game with 17:22 on the clock to get GU back on track. The Blue & Gray went on another small run behind a three-point play from Derrickson and a jumper from Govan to take the 10-point lead, 54-44. However, the Blue Demons had an answer with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to pull within five, 54-49.
Blair made a strong move to the basket to halt the DePaul scoring, got the rebound on the other end and added a pair of free throws to give GU some breathing room, 58-49. However, the Hoyas went cold from the field for nearly six minutes, only tallying points on free throws, but never relinquished the lead despite DePaul pulling within one. A Pickett 3-pointer at 8:27 ended the field goal drought and the Hoyas followed it up with a Govan bucket and a pair of free throws from Derrickson to get the lead back up to double digits, 70-60.
Georgetown managed a pair of stops on the other end and a Mulmore steal led to an impressive Johnson layup as the Hoyas extended the lead, 72-60. The Blue Demons were pesky, hitting clutch buckets and making free throws down the stretch to stay in the game, but the Blue Demons would not get any closer than five points for the remainder of the game. Georgetown held on for the 90-81 road victory.
For the game, DePaul shot 46.8 percent from the floor on 29-of-62 shooting. Max Strus led the way for the Blue Demons with 19 points.
Georgetown returns to the District to host No. RV/24 Creighton on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tipoff at Capital One Arena is scheduled for noon and the game will be aired live on FSN. The game can be heard locally on WJFK 106.7 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.