WASHINGTON (AP) - Markel Starks scored 21 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 12 as the Georgetown Hoyas defeated the DePaul Blue Demons 61-54 in the Big East opener for both teams.
Billy Garrett Jr. led DePaul (8-6) with 17 and Brandon Young scored 13.
The Hoyas (9-3) were up by four at intermission and led 40-31 after Smith-Rivera's driving layup with 15:28 to play.
Young's 3-pointer pulled DePaul to within 40-38, but Georgetown scored three quick points and maintained a slim lead past the midway point of the second half.
With the Hoyas ahead 45-42, Starks scored on a fast-break layup following a steal and Georgetown scored nine straight - six by Starks - to open a 12-point lead with 5:24 left.
The Blue Demons got to within six three times, the final time on Garrett's layup with 19 seconds left, but no closer.