"By far," he said Wednesday night.
"We just let him get open shots," said DePaul reserve Jamee Crockett (10 points), who admitted the Blue Demons may have been focused more on Georgetown standouts Otto Porter, Jr. and Markel Starks.
Smith-Rivera had 12 points in the first half and made five of six 3-point shots in the game for the Hoyas (20-4, 10-3).
"He had not shot it that well from 3" this season, said DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell, a Maryland native who said he had about 10 or 12 family and friends at the game. "It was a little bit of a surprise. But he is a good player and a good shooter."
The Blue Demons, looking for back-to-back conference wins for the first time this season, are now 11-15, 2-11.
"I was not happy with our ball pressure," Purnell said. "Our transition defense was awful (at times). Georgetown is not going to lose a lot of games when they shoot 63 percent. Clearly I was not pleased with the fight we put up. We have to regroup."
Purnell, who picked up a technical foul with 11:17 left in the first half, is now 0-4 against Georgetown.
To make matters worse, DePaul was done in by two players who were averaging in single digits.
Smith-Rivera was averaging 7.4 points at game time.
"I just made shots. I am in the gym every day," he said. "I am feeling more comfortable with the system."
"He caught fire in both halves, really," said Georgetown big man Nate Lubick, who had 15 points and eight boards. "He just wasn't missing."
Jabril Trawick added 13 points for the Hoyas.
It was also a disappointing homecoming for DePaul starters Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young, both of whom are from Baltimore.
They both had several family and friends in the stands. Young led DePaul with 16 points while Melvin had eight.
But the night belonged to Smith-Rivera, who played 34 minutes off the bench.
"He is getting comfortable with what we are doing. Is that accurate?" said Thompson, nodding to Smith-Rivera, who was sitting to the left of his coach.
Smith-Rivera nodded in the affirmative.