Georgetown beats DePaul, snapping 29-game Big East shedding skid

WASHINGTON — Georgetown snapped a 29-game shedding streak in opposition to Big East opponents with an 81-76 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night time.

Georgetown (6-15, 1-9) gained its first Big East sport since March 13, 2021 — the convention match closing in opposition to Creighton — ending the longest skid within the historical past of the convention. The Hoyas’ final regular-season Big East win was March 2, 2021, in opposition to Xavier.

With their victory Tuesday, the Hoyas additionally ended a 10-game shedding streak this season.

Primo Spears scored 21 factors and in addition contributed six assists for the Hoyas. Akok Akok scored 12 factors and added six rebounds and 4 blocks and Brandon Murray recorded 12 factors.

“Coach [Patrick] Ewing kept emphasizing the message just stay in the fight, keep believing. Some of the points that he’s made are pride and having pride in wearing the Georgetown jersey,” Akok mentioned. “That’s just a couple things that are important within our program, so just sticking in the fight and keep believing in our teammates and our coaches. I think that’s what led us to a win tonight.”

Spears scored 9 factors within the first half and Georgetown went into the break trailing 37-36. Georgetown used a 10-0 run within the second half to construct a 12-point lead at 75-63 with 1:39 remaining.

The Hoyas misplaced all 19 of their regular-season Big East video games final season whereas going 6-25 general, together with a 21-game shedding streak. In addition they misplaced their closing regular-season Big East sport in 2020-21, earlier than happening a stunning four-game run at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York to say the convention match title. That allowed the workforce to make its lone NCAA match look throughout embattled Ewing’s tenure.

DePaul closed as a 1.5-point highway favourite, simply the third time within the final 15 seasons that DePaul has been a highway favourite in Big East play (final occasion: final season at Georgetown).

“We have a great group of guys in the locker room that don’t give up. From the end of the bench to the front of it with our leader to the right of me,” Spears mentioned. “I think that with the group of guys that we have in the locker room it’s easier than what it looks like to you guys because our locker room is so solid.”

Georgetown subsequent performs Sunday in opposition to St. John’s.

ESPN Stats & Info and The Related Press contributed to this report.