DePaul 0-18 in Big East with 48-40 loss to G’town

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WASHINGTON (AP)—Only 23 seconds into the game, Will Walker’s jumper put DePaul ahead of Georgetown.

On the Blue Demons’ second possession, Dar Tucker missed a 3-point attempt. And thus began a 10-plus minute scoreless drought for DePaul, filled with errant jumpers, flubbed 3s, even a blown dunk—0-for-14 on field goals overall, plus 0-for-2 on foul shots.

It was a fittingly futile display for a team that would go on to lose 48-40 to Georgetown on Saturday, DePaul’s school-record 18th consecutive defeat, making it only the third Big East team to go through an entire conference schedule without a victory.

“The kids really tried,” DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright said. “We’re just not good enough yet, in all honesty.”

DaJuan Summers scored 15 points—13 after halftime—and no one else had more than seven for Georgetown (16-13, 7-11), which led by as many as 14 in the first half but did not play particularly well in its final home game of a disappointing season.

It’s the worst showing by Georgetown in five seasons under Coach John Thompson III, as the team went from being ranked as high as No. 9 in the AP Top 25 to losing 10 of 13 games entering Saturday.

“You look at the numbers, you look at where we are—we wish we had a few more wins in there,” Thompson said.

As Wainwright put it, the Hoyas “started with a bang and, I think, youth caught up with them.”

DePaul (8-23, 0-18) never had lost more than 13 games in a row before this season and is the first Big East team to fail to win a conference game since Miami in 1993-94.

“We’ve struggled, obviously, offensively all year,” Wainwright said.

Walker scored 20 points to pretty much single-handedly keep DePaul close. It was his floater in the lane that capped a 9-0 run for the visitors to open the second half and tie the score at 24-24.

“I was disappointed that they caught up,” Thompson said, “but they’ve been fighting all year.”

Georgetown managed to regain some momentum thanks to 3-pointers by Summers and Jason Clark. And after Walker’s bank shot made it 34-31, Summers scored six points and assisted on the other basket during an 8-0 run that put the Hoyas in control for good.

“His maturity really was the difference in today’s game,” said Wainwright, who coached Summers on an 18-and-under U.S. team.

Georgetown was up 24-15 at halftime, thanks in part to six points and five rebounds from Greg Monroe, but the freshman didn’t attempt a shot in the second half. Aside from Walker, who had nine points on 4-for-10 shooting, the rest of DePaul’s roster went a combined 2-for-19 in the half, 10.5 percent.

Jessie Sapp, Georgetown’s only scholarship senior and a starter in 22 games this season, was honored before tipoff on Senior Day—but wasn’t in the opening lineup. Still, when he made a 3-pointer to give him five points with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first half, it put Georgetown ahead 15-4—and also meant Sapp had outscored DePaul all by his lonesome.

Neither team played all that well on offense: With the Hoyas missing plenty, too, there was a 5 1/2 -minute stretch in the first half without a field goal by anyone.

“It was,” Wainwright acknowledged, “an ugly game.”

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