Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Earlier this week, Hoyas Head Coach Ed Cooley asked Hoyas faithful to stick with him on the “process” after their 77-60 loss to Creighton… Today we had to stick with him right to the end as the Hoyas barely escaped with a 68-65 victory over woeful DePaul Blue Demons.
For the Hoyas, the had one real chance to put the game away when Rowan Brumbaugh’s trip to the free throw stripe netted him just one of two shots and gave DePaul one more chance to force overtime.
With seven seconds remaining, the Blue Demons had an opportunity to tie as Chico Carter Jr.’s long range shot just missed.
“The game shouldn’t have come to that,” DePaul coach Tony Stubblefield said of the final shot on the DePaul broadcast. “We had four to five empty possessions offensively that really hurt us and we gave up some crucial offensive rebounds to them for putbacks. It’s a game of possessions and those possessions there really hurt us.”
Georgetown forward Supreme Cook led the way for the Hoyas with 14 points with eight points coming from the free throw line. Ismael Massoud contributed 13 points while shooting five for 10. Jayden Epps returned from a foot injury to add 10 points for the Hoyas. Rowan Brumbaugh also chipped in with 10 points.
The defensive rebounds by the Hoyas in the final minutes was the difference in this game. Without Cook stepping up for the Hoyas, there is no way they win this game. Two huge misses in the paint for DePaul cost them the game in the final minute.
The Hoyas led by nine points approaching the midway point of the second half. DePaul got within a point at the 4-minute mark.
“We have to do better than letting a team battle back like that. (on the 9 point lead) They are a better team then most people give them credit for and we got a bit careless with the ball in the late stretch. We will work on that before we see Seton Hall on Tuesday,” said Hoyas Head Coach Ed Cooley.