WASHINGTON - With just 7.3 seconds on the clock and trailing by, sophomore guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) took the ball up the court and his shot rattled around the rim but wouldn't drop as the Georgetown men's basketball team lost a heartbreaker to visiting DePaul, 74-73, at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Hoyas slip to 13-7 on the year with a 3-6 mark in BIG EAST play.
"This is three games that we lost by not getting rebounds," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said. "We lost the Syracuse game, the Butler game and now this game by not coming with big rebounds at the end. We did a good job by fighting and coming back but we have to come up with the rebound."
Junior forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) led the Hoyas with 23 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point land, as well as a 9-for-10 effort from the free throw line. He added three rebounds, four assists and one block. Freshman guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) poured in 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including a quintet of 3-pointers, while tallying a team-best eight rebounds. Mosely rounded out those in double figures as he chipped in 10 points to go with a game-best five assists.
The Hoyas shot 47.2 percent on the night on 25-for-53 shooting and held the 17-13 edge in bench points. The Blue & Gray forced 16 DPU turnovers, while committing 14. For just the fourth time this season, the Hoyas were outrebounded, tallying 27 boards to DePaul's 38.
Despite DePaul (9-11, 2-6 BE) taking an early 7-3 lead to open the game, Georgetown tallied back-to-back buckets from junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) and Pickett to knot the game at seven. The Hoyas managed six of the next eight points to take the 13-9 edge, but seven unanswered from the Blue Demons swung the momentum back to DPU, 16-13. On the defensive end, freshman guard Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) grabbed the board and, with an assist from senior guard Jonathan Mulmore (New Orleans, La./Redemption Christian [Texas]/Allegany), completed the possession with a layup to stop DePaul's run. The Hoyas followed up with a Mulmore 3-pointer to tie the game at 18.
With 8:47 on the clock, Mosely put together the traditional three-point play as the Hoyas took the 21-20 lead. However, the Blue Demons staged a 15-2 run, to take a 35-23 lead with 4:11 left in the stanza. A Pickett triple sparked a GU run that saw the Hoyas score 10 of the next 12 as Georgetown went into the break trailing 37-33.
The Blue Demons came out with the hot hand in the second half, taking a quick 10-point lead on a trio of treys. DePaul led by as many as 12, 52-40, but three-straight Georgetown treys, two from Derrickson and one from Pickett, pulled the Hoyas within five, 56-51. Back-to-back Mosely layups pulled the Hoyas within one, 56-55.
With the building roaring, Derrickson nailed a 3-pointer to take the 58-56 lead, GU's first of the half, capping a 16-0 run. The teams would trade points but a Pickett trey gave the Hoyas the 63-61 edge with 8:12 left in regulation. Both teams would struggle to find the bottom of the net, but as the Hoyas trailed 65-63, Blair found his shot from long range and drained a 3-pointer to take the 66-65 lead. The Blue Demons had an answer and tallied a trey of its own. Derrickson sunk a pair of free throws to even the score at 68.
With DePaul leading 72-70, a Derrickson trey with less than a minute on the clock gave GU the one-point lead, 73-72. DPU's efforts at a winning 3-pointer were off the mark but as the Blue Demons grabbed the offensive board, the team regrouped and set up Eli Cain for the game winner as DePaul managed the 74-73 victory.
Cain led the Blue Demons with 27 points and the team shot 48.3 percent (29-for-60) from the floor.
Georgetown hits the road for three-game road swing, traveling to Omaha, Nebraska for an 8 p.m. ET matchup on Saturday, Jan. 27. The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network and can be heard locally on WNEW 99.1 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.