ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP)—Georgetown needed just 6 minutes to bury DePaul.
Roy Hibbert scored 17 points and the 17th-ranked Hoyas put together an early 18-0 run to take control in a 64-44 victory Tuesday night that extended their winning streak to five games.
“Being on the road you always got to come out and attack the team early,” said Georgetown guard Jonathan Wallace, who hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game-altering run. “You can’t give them a chance to stay around. It will be a harder game. We just wanted to come out and attack them hard and set the tone for the game.”
And that’s what the Hoyas did. They hit four 3-pointers in the opening surge and that opened up the middle for the 7-foot-2 Hibbert, who helped Georgetown dominate the boards 38-25.
“That’s what’s so great about our offense. Once our guards start hitting shots, it leaves it a little open for me. So, I feed off that,” Hibbert said.
The Hoyas (15-4, 6-2 Big East) showed why they were able to defeat then-No. 1 Duke 10 days ago—scoring balance, tough defense and strong work on the boards.
After DePaul’s Cliff Clinkscales scored the game’s first basket, the Hoyas took off.
The 18-0 run featured Wallace’s back-to-back 3s, two other 3s from Jeff Green and Brandon Bowman and six points from Hibbert. The spurt built a 16-point lead just 6 minutes into the game.
“In boxing they stop those fights,” DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright said.
“Some people it gets to them once we go down,” said DePaul’s Karron Clarke. “Some people don’t have the mental ability to bring it back.”
Especially against a balanced team like Georgetown. The Hoyas got 15 points from Green and 10 from Bowman, while shutting off any chance of a DePaul comeback with defense and rebounding.
DePaul (8-11, 1-7) lost its sixth straight, its longest skid in nearly four years.
DePaul’s leading scorer Sammy Mejia, who had to leave the Blue Demons’ last game after injuring his ankle against Marquette, didn’t start but entered the game after DePaul had already fallen into an 11-2 hole. He went scoreless in the first half and finished with five points. Draelon Burns led the Blue Demons with 12.
During Georgetown’s big run, DePaul went nearly 7 minutes between baskets, frustrated by Georgetown’s defense and its own poor shooting.
And Hibbert was too much inside. He finished the first half with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and had eight rebounds to help the Hoyas grab a 25-10 rebounding edge. He finished the game 7-for-9 against DePaul’s shorter inside players and only played eight minutes in the second half.
“I feel like every day I have a size mismatch. Most teams have guys who are 6-foot-10. I don’t go up against many 7-footers,” Hibbert said. “I try to exploit that mismatch. … I made sure I put the ball in the basket. That’s what coach wants me to do.”
And coach John Thompson III was pleased.
“Roy played well, particularly in the first half,” Thompson said. “He did a good job of establishing position deep and he made those little shots.”
Bowman’s 3-pointer right before the buzzer put the Hoyas ahead 34-18 at the end of a half in which DePaul shot just 28 percent.
“We had the opportunities to make shots. You get to a point where you have to make them,” Wainwright said. “We got to rebound better. We’re not strong enough to rebound consistently when we get spread out like that.”
The Blue Demons sliced the lead to 13 midway through the second but the Hoyas responded. Darrel Owens sank a 3-pointer, Green dunked in the lane, Owens hit a follow-up and Green got loose for another dunk in a 9-0 run, putting the Hoyas up 54-32.