Blue Demons March On in Manhattan
March 12, 2014
NEW YORK – Just over five hours after claiming the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year award, DePaul freshman Billy Garrett Jr. led the 10th-seeded Blue Demons to a 60-56 first-round win over No. 7 seed Georgetown on Wednesday night. The win moves the Blue Demons into the quarterfinals against second-seeded Creighton on Thursday.
The Blue Demons trailed by eight points at 17-9 with just over 10 minutes left in the first half before an 11-0 run put them ahead by three following two free throws from Brandon Young. Georgetown regained the lead late in the opening half and took a 25-23 advantage into intermission.
Tommy Hamilton IV started strong in the second half and his seven points over the first three minutes pushed DePaul back ahead by three at 32-29.
Neither team led by more than for points over the next 11 minutes before Forrest Robinson drained a pair of high-arching three-pointers and Garrett knocked down a jumper for an eight-point DePaul advantage at the four-minute mark.
With DePaul holding a three-point lead with a minute left, Garrett and Jamee Crockett combined to go 5-for-6 from the line to seal the 60-56 win over the Hoyas.
Garrett led DePaul (12-20) with 17 points while Robinson matched his career high with 14 and Young scored 13 points. Georgetown (17-14) was led by 21 points from D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and 17 from Markel Starks.
DePaul and Creighton square off at 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Madison Square Garden in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals. The game can be seen on FOX Sports 1 and heard on WSCR 670 The Score.
Notes: DePaul advances in the BIG EAST Tournament for the second time... the Blue Demons are 2-6 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament play and 10-19 overall in conference tournaments... the win snapped a five-game losing streak in the BIG EAST Tournament... Brandon Young passed George Mikan (1,870 pts., 1942-46) for fourth on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... Young fouled out for the first time in his 125 career games... Forrest Robinson scored a career-high 14 points for the second time... DePaul ended a 14-game losing streak against Georgetown... DePaul’s last win was a 78-51 decision on Jan. 22, 1994... the Hoyas hold a 23-7 lead in the all-time series... the win was the first this season when DePaul was outrebounded (1-11 record).