He grew up in Maryland, was an assistant coach for the Terps and the head coach at Virginia schools Radford and Old Dominion, his alma mater. But his second trip as the DePaul head coach to play at Georgetown did not go very well on Wednesday. The Blue Demons, looking for back-to-back conference wins for the first time this season, lost 90-66 against the No. 11 Hoyas in Big East Conference play. Purnell, who picked up a technical with 11:17 left in the first half, is now 0-4 against Georgetown. To make matters worse DePaul (11-15, 2-11 in Big East) was done in by two players who were averaging in single digits. Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, averaging 7.4 points at game time, made all 5 shots in the first half and had 12 of his career-high 33 before intermission and the game was never in doubt in the second half. He made nine of his first 10 shots, including four of five from 3-point range as the Hoyas won their eighth game in a row. Sophomore guard Jabril Trawick, scoring 5.3 points per contest prior to Wednesday, had 10 of his 13 points in the first half as the Hoyas led 43-29 at the break. Nate Lubick had 15 for the Hoyas, who are 20-4, 10-3. It was also a disappointing homecoming for DePaul starters Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young, both of whom are from Baltimore. They combined for 12 points in the first half but Young missed 5 of 6 shots. Young ended up with 16 points while Jamee Crockett had 10. The Hoyas led 43-29 at intermission after making 61.5 percent of their shots with just three turnovers. The Blue Demons made just 35.5 percent of their shots in the first half but led the battle of the boards, 21-13, at the break but DePaul never threatened in the second half. Lubick's basket gave the Hoyas a 59-38 lead and a basket and free throw by Trawick made it 67-43 with 11:41 to go. Smith-Rivera made a 3-pointer to give Georgetown a 72-50 lead. His free throw with 4:27 to go made it 79-59 and his 3-pointer with 2:45 made it 84-63 as Georgetown fans began to head to the exits. DePaul has now lost 12 in a row to the Hoyas and has not won at Georgetown since Feb. 3, 1991. The Hoyas began the night tied for first in the Big East at 9-3 with Syracuse and Marquette. Georgetown has now won 20 games four years in a row and seven out of nine years under head coach John Thompson III. DePaul lost 86-75 at Georgetown during the 2010-11 season, the first for Purnell with the Blue Demons. The Hoyas won at DePaul 83-75 last season. DePaul was coming off a win off a 75-69 win Saturday at Rutgers while Georgetown won on Friday at Cincinnati for its seventh win a row. The Blue Demons ended a nine-game losing streak with the win at Rutgers. Next up for DePaul is home game on Saturday against Connecticut while the Hoyas play at rival Syracuse on Saturday. NOTES: The Hoyas are now 14-1 at home. ... DePaul has three players on its roster from Baltimore: junior forward Cleveland Melvin (Lake Clifton), junior guard Brandon Young (Friendship Collegiate) and freshman forward Montray Clemons (Poly). ... Young entered the game with a team-high average of 16.7 points per game and Melvin was second at 16.5. ... DePaul associate head coach Ron Bradley is the former head coach at Radford. ... The Hoyas began the night 13-1 at home ...
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