DePaul at Georgetown
Jamorko Pickett and Jahvon Blair will try to come through for a second straight game when Georgetown hosts DePaul on Wednesday in a Big East game. The freshmen duo combined for 31 points Saturday in a double overtime win over St. John’s and will try to lead the Hoyas to a season sweep of the Blue Demons.
“They finally showed that they’re not freshmen anymore,” coach Patrick Ewing told the media of Pickett and Blair. “They still made some mistakes, but for the most part they did a lot of things for us – rebound, make shots and played great defense.” Pickett, a 6-7 forward who also posted nine rebounds and four assists, hadn’t scored in double figures since the final non-conference game, and Blair, a 6-3 guard, had alternated between good and bad games for the Hoyas. Each made a career-high four 3-pointers as the Hoyas matched their season-high with 11 treys, which helped to overcome 36.2 percent shooting from inside the arc. Max Strus rebounded from a couple off shooting nights to score 27 points against Butler, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Blue Demons from losing their third straight game and sixth of their last seven contests.
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ABOUT DEPAUL (8-11, 1-6 Big East): Even at full strength, the Blue Demons have a tough time winning in the Big East, but they were missing one of their key components in Saturday’s loss to Butler. Marin Maric, a senior who averaged 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in the past seven games, missed the game because of an unspecified injury and his status is questionable for this game. Peter Ryckbosch and Paul Reed shared the forward spot in his absence, combining for nine points and 13 rebounds, but both were limited because of foul trouble.
ABOUT GEORGETOWN (13-6, 3-5): No player was more important to the win over St. John’s than Marcus Derrickson, who put up a career-high 27 points and made some key shots during both overtimes. The junior hit three free throws and a 3-pointer to send the game to a second overtime, where his two free throws accounted for the winning points. “We were using the Syracuse and Butler games as motivation,” Derrickson told the media about a pair of games in which the Hoyas blew late leads. “We didn’t want to have outcomes like those again.”
1. Georgetown’s Jessie Govan has gone three straight games without recording a double-double, the longest streak of the season for the junior center.
2. The Hoyas, who lead the series 30-8, had won six straight and 20 out of 21 games against the Blue Demons prior to losing at home in the second meeting last season.
3. With five 3-pointers against Butler, Strus has made 55 on the season, good for 15th on DePaul’s single-season list.