DePaul (6-17, 0-11) rallied down the game's final stretch. Cincinnati (19-5, 6-5) was worn down by DePaul's full court press late in the game.
Freshman guard Moses Morgan brought the Blue Demons to within four with a four point play with 1:33 to play in the game. Brandon Young's successful three point shot made the score 71-68 with 0.4 seconds left on the clock.
That's when Rashad Bishop threw a length of the court pass out of bounds putting DePaul in position to tie the game.
Senior guard Jimmy Drew had an opportunity to send the game to overtime, but his three point try rimmed out to end the game. Following the game, an ESPN television producer reviewed the game tape and said that Drew's shot would not have counted had it gone in.
"It was pretty much just a bang-bang play that we kind of drew up during the time out," said Jimmy. "I got an open look. It just didn't fall. I really did think it was going in. It felt good when I let it go."
The Blue Demons trailed by 17 with 15:57 left in the game, but never gave up.
"In the second half, I thought we took the fight to them," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "I thought we controlled tempo. I thought we controlled pace."
"Since Coach got here, they told us that 17 up or down, with the style we play, nothing is insurmountable," said Drew. "We just focus on staying with what we do and wearing down the other teams."
The Bearcats were led by Sean Kilpatrick with 19 points. Ibrahima Thomas added 16 points and Cashmere Wright chipped in with 10 points.
The Blue Demons struggled from the free throw line tonight going eight of 16 from the charity stripe.
What bodes well for the future for DePaul is that their three leading scorers tonight were all freshmen. Cleveland Melvin led all scorers with 20 points. Young contributed with 16 points. Morgan scored a career-high 13 points including two for four from beyond the arc.
"These guys are getting great experience, there is no question about that," Purnell said of his freshmen trio. "As you look toward the future, obviously one of the things that we also want for those guys is some positive experience like wins. All of them are playing much better than the beginning with an obvious reason - they are getting more experience."
DePaul now goes back on the road for a rematch meeting with 25th ranked West Virginia on Saturday afternoon.
- Yancy Gates returned from a one game suspension for Cincinnati tonight. Gates came off the bench to score five points for the Bearcats.
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