DePaul Captures Overtime Win over St. John’s

The DePaul Blue Demons saved their best for last in a 71-67 overtime victory over the St. John’s Red Storm at Allstate Arena on Sunday afternoon.

It started out poorly for DePaul (10-9, 4-2) who were held to a season-low 19 points in the first half and trailed by 10 points going into the intermission.

The Blue Demons then came out of the locker room inspired to start the second half.

“My disappointment was the first five minutes of the second half,” said St. John’s (12-5, 1-4) coach Steve Lavin. “I thought that’s where DePaul established momentum.”

DePaul was led by a game high 20 points from sophomore guard Billy Garrett, Jr. Garrett also went a perfect 13 for 13 from the free throw line.

“I just wanted to focus on that,” said Garrett. “The last couple of games, I missed a couple of free throws. Against Georgetown I missed one late. I pride myself on free throw, so I put in some extra ones before the game.”

“We feel pretty good when he goes to the line,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said of Garrett.

Myke Henry recorded a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds despite playing much of the second half and the overtime period with four fouls.

One key today for the Blue Demons today in a marathon game was their bench scoring. DePaul’s bench outscored St. John’s 18-5. Junior guard Aaron Simpson contributed with 13 points off the bench.

“It really was important,” Purnell said of the bench scoring. “St. John’s doesn’t like to go more than seven deep. When you get into a game like that where everybody is tired. If you’re a little fresher, it helps.”

St. John’s was led by senior guard Phil Greene, IV and sophomore Rysheed Jordan, who scored 17 points apiece. DePaul managed to hold senior guard D’Angelo Harrison below his average with just 11 points. Sir’Dominic Pointer added 11 points before fouling out in the second half.

At 4-2 in the Big East, the Blue Demons have now already surpassed last season’s Big East win total.

The Blue Demons now head out for a three game Big East road trip that begins at Seton Hall on Thursday night.

Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information

DePaul’s four BIG EAST victories are the most since winning six during the 2007-08 season... the 4-2 start in conference play matches the best BIG EAST start set by the 2007-08 squad... the game was the first for the Blue Demons in overtime this season... DePaul’s 19 points in the first half are a season low... Myke Henry recorded his second career double-double with a career-high 12 rebounds... Billy Garrett Jr. and Tommy Hamilton IV both played in their 50th career game... Garrett recorded his fourth career game of 20 or more points with season-high 20... his 13-for-13 effort from free throw matched his own Allstate Arena record (11-for-11 vs. Milwaukee on Dec. 7, 2014... he is the fifth player in school history to not miss a free throw with at least 13 attempts... St. John’s leads the series, 18-16... three of the last nine meetings between the two teams have gone to overtime.

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