Starks Scores 26, Georgetown Uses Second Half Run to Beat DePaul, 71-59
Feb. 3, 2014
Chicago, Ill. - Georgetown used a big run in the second half and senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 26 points to lead three players in double figures as the Hoyas came from behind to beat DePaul, 71-59, in a BIG EAST Conference game at Allstate Arena Monday night.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 13-9 overall and 4-6 in league play, while DePaul falls to 10-13 overall and 2-8 in league play.
Starks scored at least 20 points for the fourth time in the last five games to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) added 17 points and four rebounds, while junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added 15 points and three rebounds off the bench. Senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) scored three points and tied a season-high with 10 rebounds
The Hoyas had trailed by as many as nine points (24-15) in the first half and were down three points, 30-27, at the break, but tied the game early in the second half on a jumper from Smith-Rivera and then used a 21-7 run over 7:44 and took a 58-44 lead after a three-pointer from Starks at 6:26 and free throws from the senior guard with 5:26 to play.
Georgetown trailed by three points at the break, 30-27, but out-scored the Blue Demons 8-2 over the first 5:17 of the second half and took its first lead of the game, 35-32, on a three-pointer from senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) with 14:43 to play. A jumper from Smith-Rivera tied the game at 32-all, but the teams went scoreless for nearly four minutes before Bowen's three gave the Hoyas their first lead.
A three-pointer from DePaul's Billy Garrett tied the game at 37-all before Georgetown used a 9-2 run over 3:08 and took a 46-39 lead on free throws from Smith-Rivera with 9:52 to play in the game. A jumper from DSR with 8:50 to play gave GU a 48-42 lead and a conventional three-point play from the sophomore, who had only two points at the half, pushed the Hoyas lead back to seven points, 51-44,at 7:59.
The Hoyas trailed by only three points, 30-27, at the break, after hitting only two of their first 14 shots in the opening 8:15 of the game and shooting just 30.0 percent from the floor (9-of-30) and 53.8 percent from the free throw line (7-of-13).
DePaul led 4-0 and GU did not hit its first field goal until 3:37 had elapsed on a layup from Starks, making it 6-4, but a 7-2 spurt from the Blue Demons pushed the home lead to 13-6 on free throws from Billy Garrett with 11:45 to play. The DePaul lead was pushed to eight points, 21-13, on a jumper from Tommy Hamilton with 7:06 left in the half, but an 11-4 GU run over 3:57 pulled the Hoyas to within 25-24 on free throws from Smith-Rivera with 2:50 to play.
The lead was at six points, 30-24, with 57 seconds left, but Starks hit a three-pointer with 41 seconds left, cutting the margin to three points at the break.
Monday's game with DePaul was the 29th meeting all-time between the teams. The Hoyas lead the head-to-head series, 23-6, and have won the last 14 meetings overall and the last seven on the road. GU posted a 61-54 win at Verizon Center on New Year's Eve in the conference opener for both schools
Georgetown is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 8, as Butler makes its first visit to Verizon Center as a BIG EAST Conference member. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on CBS, with Kevin Kugler and Clark Kellog calling all of the action. The radio call of Rich Chvotkin can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.