Junior guard Jahvon Blair poured in a career-high 30 points to rally short-handed Georgetown to a 76-72 victory over DePaul on Saturday afternoon in Washington.
Georgetown (14-10, 4-7 Big East) played without leading scorer Mac McClung due to a foot injury and lost No. 2 scorer Omar Yurtseven to a foot injury with 11 minutes left.
The Hoyas rallied to take their first lead on a pair of Blair free throws with 7:49 left and never trailed again.
Yurtseven posted 16 points and eight rebounds and Terrell Allen added 12 points for Georgetown, which stuck with a six-man rotation until George Muresan had to enter with 1:49 left when Jamorko Pickett fouled out.
DePaul (13-11, 1-10) dropped its sixth game in a row despite owning an 11-point lead in the final minute of the first half.
Jalen Coleman-Lands paced the Blue Demons with 17 points. Charlie Moore and Jaylen Butz added 14 points apiece while Paul Reed (12 points, 13 rebounds) posted his 15th double-double of the season.
DePaul needed just 5 minutes, 45 seconds to match its first-half output during Tuesday’s home loss to Xavier, as Reed’s layup gave the Blue Demons a 16-6 lead.
DePaul led by as many as 11 points during the first half, the last time when Coleman-Lands sank a jumper to make it 38-27 with 1:00 to go. Yurtseven hammered home a rebound dunk and Blair sank a 3-pointer in the final 35 seconds to pull the Hoyas within 38-32 at the break.
Yurtseven went to the locker room with an injured left foot at the 11:04 mark. At that point, DePaul held a 55-50 lead. The Hoyas rallied in his absence as Qudus Wahab’s tip-in with 8:21 left evened the score at 57 - the first tie since 4-4.
Blair’s pair of free throws but Georgetown ahead but Butz answered with a layup to make it 59-59 with 6:48 to go. DePaul didn’t convert its next field goal until Romeo Weems’ putback with 45 seconds left.
DePaul got as close as 74-72 on Reed’s tip with three seconds left, but Muresan sank two free throws with two seconds to go to clinch the game.
—Field Level Media