DePaul (12-12, 6-5) finished the game on a 16-3 run over the final six minutes to shut down Seton Hall (15-7, 5-5) and send them home in defeat.
“I thought wire-to-wire it was one of our better games of the year,” said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. “Then I thought in the last six minutes if the game we were flawless. We did the three things we always talk about doing to win in the last six minutes. That’s don’t the turn the ball over, make sure we get a shot, be solid on defense, make your free throws and you’re going to win 95 percent of the time.”
It was one of DePaul’s best defensive performances of the year. The Blue Demons held the Pirates to 36% shooting from the field.
“We talked about the Patriots winning the Super Bowl on a defensive stop,” Purnell said. “Championships are made with defense. We talked about that alot over the last couple days.”
Jamee Crockett finished one shy of his career-high with 21 points, on nine of 17 shooting, and three assists to lead the way for the Blue Demons.
“He was terrific tonight,” Purnell said of Crockett’s performance. “I’m trying to remember if I’ve seen him play a better game. I thought he was good defensively. He played (Sterling) Gibbs for awhile and he played (Isaiah) Whitehead some. Offensively he made big shot after big shot.”
“It was just me being more aggressive today,” Crockett said. “It was just one of those games where I was feeling it.”
Billy Garrett, Jr. contributed with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Myke Henry chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds. Rashaun Stimage added eight points and blocked three shots in what was one of his best defensive performances of the season.
Sterling Gibbs led the Pirates with 21 points. Freshman phenom Isaiah Whitehead added 14 points coming in off the bench for Seton Hall.
The Blue Demons next travel to Indianapolis where they will face the Butler Bulldogs at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon for another Big East matchup.
Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information
The nine home wins are the most since DePaul went 14-2 at home during the 2006-07 season... DePaul’s six BIG EAST wins are the most since the Blue Demons went 6-12 in the BIG EAST in 2007-08... DePaul’s highest BIG EAST win total is nine during the 2006-07 campaign... DePaul’s last regular-season sweep of a BIG EAST opponent was against USF during the 2006-07 season... Billy Garrett Jr. recorded his 40th career game in double-figures... it was also his fifth career 20-point game... Jamee Crockett recorded his fourth career 20-point game... the game was the first since Feb. 22, 2014 against Marquette with two players scoring at least 20 points... Brandon Young scored 29 and Garrett scored 26 against the Golden Eagles... Seton Hall leads the series, 10-6... DePaul has won the last three meetings between the two sides.
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