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THE JUGGY GAME: Shorthanded Hoyas Hand DePaul a Loss, 76-72

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Blair & co. respond to rough shooting early, ankle injury to Yurtseven

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The Georgetown Hoyas (4-7) beat the DePaul Blue Demons (1-10) on Saturday afternoon, 76-72, with a comeback effort that may have cost Georgetown a starting center.

Jahvon Blair led the Hoyas’ scoring with a career-high 30 points and Terrell Allen had 9 assists. Despite not playing the last 11 minutes due to an apparent ankle injury, Omer Yurtseven had 16 points and 8 rebounds.

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Blair’s 30 Points Leads Hoyas Past DePaul 76-72

WASHINGTON – The Georgetown men’s basketball team overcame an 11-point first half deficit to rally for a 76-72 victory over DePaul on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 14-10 on the season and 4-7 in BIG EAST play, while the Blue Demons drop to 13-11 overall and 1-10 in league action.

ON THE RECORD”Qudus did a great job blocking shots, rebounding, making two huge free throws for us. George - we needed to get the ball in, he was able to get the ball and then knock down two huge free throws to seal the victory. This was a great team effort. Everyone helped. Jahvon - he had 30 points, and we needed all 30 of them, but it wasn’t just his points. Guys stepped up, guys did everything that we needed for them to do. We still turned the ball over a little more than I wanted but it was a great win.” - Head Coach Patrick Ewing

HOYA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jahvon Blair set a career high in points for the second time in three games, pouring in 30 points while hitting 11-of-18 shots. He played the entire 40 minutes for the third-consecutive game.
  • Omer Yurtseven finished with 16 points and tied with Qudus Wahab for the team lead with eight rebounds. Wahab finished with a career-high six blocks, a season high for the Hoyas.
  • Terrell Allen was also in double figures with 12 points and just missed the double-double with nine assists. He added three steals on the defensive end.
  • The Hoyas shot 44.8 (26-58) percent from the floor, including a 54.2 (13-24) percent clip in the second half.
  • On the defensive end, Georgetown forced 15 turnovers with eight steals, while also blocking eight blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Hoyas found themselves behind early but behind a triple from Blair and a jumper from Yurtseven, both assisted by Allen, the Hoyas cut it to six (23-17).
  • DePaul went back up, but back-to-back Yurtseven dunks pulled the Hoyas within six again.
  • Yurtseven and Blair found the bottom of the net once again as GU closed the half tallying five straight while DePaul held a 38-32 lead.
  • Georgetown kept pushing but for every bucket, the Blue Demons found an answer and kept the Blue & Gray at a comfortable deficit, maintaining at least a two-possession lead through the first seven minutes of the second half.
  • The Hoyas staged a 13-2 run fueled by seven from Blair to tie the game and then take their first lead of the game 59-57.
  • Tied again at 61, a Jagan Mosely floater and Jamorko Pickett 3-pointer gave the Hoyas a five-point lead (66-51) with 3:56 left.
  • DePaul closed to within two, but baskets by Blair and a pair of free throws from Wahab kept the Hoyas in front.
  • After a putback cut the lead to 74-72 with three seconds left, George Muresan hit two free throws to seal the 76-72 victory.

OF NOTE

  • Mosely’s two assists give him 319 for his career and move him into a tie with Jeff Green for 15th all-time at Georgetown.
  • Blair’s four 3-pointers gives him 124 for his career, surpassing Brandon Bowman and Allen Iverson and moving him to 16th on GU’s career list.

COMING UP NEXT

The Hoyas will head out on the road for a matchup at No. 19/19 Butler in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tipoff at Hinkle Fieldhouse is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on FOX. Fans can listen locally on The Team 980 with Rich Chvotkin on the call.