Georgetown ends 29-game losing skid in Big East at DePaul’s expense

Primo Spears scored 21 points to help Georgetown snap its record 29-game conference losing streak with an 81-76 win over DePaul on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.Akok Akok and Brandon Murray each chipped in 12 points and Qudus Wahab contributed nine points and 10 boards for the Hoyas (6-15, 1-9 Big East), who earned their first league win since March 2, 2021, when they beat Xavier 72-66.Umoja Gibson finished with 24 points on 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) shooting, Javan Johnson added 13 points and Da’Sean Nelson had nine points off the bench for the Blue Demons (9-12, 3-7), who had their three-game win streak against the Hoyas snapped.Georgetown made seven of its first 11 field-goal attempts of the second half to flip a 37-36 deficit into a 55-46 lead with 12:44 remaining as DePaul battled foul trouble with four of their starters logging at least three personals.The Blue Demons battled back with a 12-2 push to take a one-point lead entering the under-eight timeout. Both sides jostled for a cushion until Akok Akok drilled a corner three to put the Hoyas ahead 65-60 with 5:29 to play.Johnson answered with a triple to trim Georgetown’s lead to two, but Spears’ jumper with 4:44 remaining ignited a 10-0 surge that gave the Hoyas their largest lead of the night at 75-63 with 1:39 to play.Georgetown missed a handful of free throws down the stretch as DePaul crept to within 79-76 with 8 seconds left, but Spears drained two free throws with 4 seconds to play to seal it.