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Blue Demons March On in Manhattan
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Billy Garrett Jr. led DePaul with 17 points Wednesday night.

BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Billy Garrett Jr. led DePaul with 17 points Wednesday night.

March 12, 2014

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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).