Big East basketball: Georgetown takes the title

For the first time since 2007, the Georgetown Hoyas are the champions of Big East basketball. The No. 8 Hoyas crushed the No. 2 Creighton Bluejays 73-48 to punch their first ticket to the dance since 2015. Creighton got off to a quick start, taking a 4-0 lead and building it to 13-6. The Hoyas responded with a scoring run of their own, going 7-0 to tie the game at 13. After the Bluejays tied the game at 18, they didn’t score again for the rest of the half. Georgetown senior guard Jahvon Blair went on a one-man 8-0 run, putting the Hoyas up 26-18 before the final media timeout. In the final six minutes before the break, Creighton missed 11

Big East basketball: Semifinal rounds

The Big East basketball conference tournament is one step closer to crowning a champion. On Friday, the No. 8 Georgetown Hoyas and No. 2 Creighton Bluejays won their semifinal games over the No. 5 Seton Hall Pirates and No. 3 UConn Huskies respectively. Georgetown beat Seton Hall in a 66-58 victory, securing the Hoyas’ first berth to a Big East Tournament final in over a decade. The Hoyas got off to a quick start, using a 7-0 scoring run to lead by nine points midway through the first half. Seton Hall wouldn’t give up that easily though, using a 13-4 scoring run of its own to cut Georgetown’s lead to just two points going into the break. For much of the second half,

DePaul basketball season ends in blowout loss

The DePaul basketball season came to an end Thursday night as the 11th-seeded Demons lost their quarterfinal matchup to the third-seeded UConn Huskies 94-60. The Blue Demons finished this season last in the Big East with a conference record of 2-13 and an overall record of 5-14. Coming off an unexpected win against the Providence Friars on Wednesday night, DePaul lost its competitive edge and defensive power against the Huskies. Charlie Moore and Javon Freeman-Liberty lit up the scoreboard Wednesday night, but that offensive flash was nowhere to be found. Moore scored 21 points against Providence but was held to just eight points on 3-for-9 shooting. Freeman-Liberty kept up his offensive efforts for the most part, adding 19 points for the Blue Demons,

DePaul basketball earns opening round win

Going into the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament, hardly anyone expected 11th-seeded DePaul basketball to win a game, but on Wednesday night, the Blue Demons defeated the Providence Friars 70-62 to move on to the quarterfinals. In the regular season, DePaul was swept by the Friars, though one game went to double overtime to be decided. On Wednesday night, thanks to standout performances from DePaul’s top shooters Javon Freeman-Liberty and Charlie Moore as well as one of the Demons’ best defensive nights of the year, they put on a show to upset the sixth-seeded Friars and to win their opening round game for the second straight year. The Demons got off to a bit of a slow start, kicking off

DePaul basketball: Demons fall to Georgetown

DePaul basketball dropped a close game to the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday, losing 68-60. Due to COVID-related postponements, this was the teams’ first meeting of the season. In the style that DePaul’s become known for this season, the Demons played a close game for much of the first half but began to fall apart early in the second as the Hoyas were able to pull away and secure a victory. Both teams struggled to generate offense in the first minutes of the game. DePaul junior forward Darious Hall gave the Demons their first points after three minutes of play. Georgetown answered with three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Hoyas their first lead of the game 9-4 and to establish their lead for

DePaul basketball blown out by Creighton

DePaul basketball has finished the regular season 0-2 against the No. 13 Creighton Bluejays. The Bluejays crushed the Demons 77-53, on Wednesday night on their home court. When these teams first met in the season, the Bluejays just eked out a win over the Demons, winning 69-62. Wednesday’s game was much different. Despite coming off an 88-83 win over St. John’s, the Demons’ second Big East win of the season, the Demons couldn’t find an offensive rhythm to compete with the Bluejays nor could they generate solid enough defense to stop Creighton’s offensive barrage. “We didn’t have very many possessions where we enjoyed the basketball inside the paint,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. “You are not going to match this team 3-point shot

DePaul basketball snaps 5-game losing streak, beats St. John’s

DePaul basketball snapped its five-game losing streak on Saturday, picking up its second Big East Conference win with a victory over St. John’s 88-83. Saturday’s victory saw the return of senior guard Charlie Moore, who had missed the last two games with a left knee injury. Sophomore guard Oscar Lopez Jr., who had been out since Dec. 27 with a knee injury, also returned for the Blue Demons. DePaul started the game in typical fashion, taking an early lead of 9-3, with a 7-0 run in the beginning of the first half. The Red Storm fought back though, going on an 8-0 run of their own, taking the lead 11-9. When Moore and Lopez came off the bench, the tides turned

DePaul basketball: Season-high fifth consecutive loss

DePaul basketball extended its longest losing streak of the season on Wednesday, losing another game to Seton Hall, 60-52. Playing without their two top scorers, Charlie Moore who was out for his second consecutive game with a left knee injury, and Javon Freeman-Liberty, who was out on concussion protocol after taking a particularly hard foul and hitting his head on the floor in last Saturday’s loss to Providence, the Blue Demons again struggled on offense, but were able to stay in the game due to a solid defensive performance. “Not having both Charlie and Javon meant a lot because it means our rotations are different, guys are playing longer minutes. Not to mention, they’ve been throughout the season, our two leading

DePaul basketball: Fourth straight loss

DePaul basketball lost its fourth straight game on Saturday, losing to the Providence Friars 57-47. Earlier this season when the Demons and Friars faced off, Providence pulled out a 95-90 double overtime win in a game filled with back-and-forth action and one of DePaul’s better shooting nights. On Saturday, poor shooting cost the Demons yet another win. “There are games or even in practice when the ball is flying around and looks crisp, looks sharp,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. “But sometimes, when we get into a drought situation, those things kind of get stagnated. We have got to figure that part out both physically and emotionally of how we can create more opportunities by sharing the ball. We don’t have that

DePaul basketball: Another loss to Butler

In typical DePaul basketball fashion, the Blue Demons lost control of another Big East game, losing to the Butler Bulldogs 68-58. This is DePaul’s third consecutive loss, the Demons’ second three-game losing streak of the season. “Obviously not happy - disappointed again as we try to put ourselves in a position to win basketball games in this league,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “Just too many possessions where solidarity, [running] solid offense, playing solid defense and stringing those together didn’t happen the way we need to.” DePaul started the game strong. The Demons had a week to prepare for Saturday’s game against Butler as their game against Xavier that was scheduled for Feb. 3 was postponed. The Blue Demons’ defense was effective