Five Great Plays in DePaul Hoops History

There have been many great moments in the history of DePaul basketball. We take a look back at what are arguably five of the greatest and most memorable plays in Blue Demon hoops history.

#5 - December 27, 2013 – Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

The Blue Demons hadn't won a game in Evanston since 1995. That drought ended as DePaul freshman guard Billy Garrett, Jr. laid one in as the final buzzer sounded to give the Blue Demons a 57-56 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats.

Cleveland Melvin passed the ball to Durrell McDonald, who managed to find Garrett as he was coming up the sideline yelling for the ball. Garrett laid the ball in as time expired to give DePaul the win.

#4 – January 20, 2010 – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

DePaul guard Mike Stovall sank a game-winning 20 foot fallaway jumper with 0.7 seconds remaining on the game clock to defeat Marquette 51-50.

It was a fantastic finish for DePaul, as they got their first win under interim coach Tracy Webster. The Blue Demons had been trailing 50-46 with 20 seconds to play before Stovall scored 5 points in the game’s final 10 seconds.

#3 -February 25, 1995 – Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois

With 12 seconds to play, the Blue Demons trailed the Louisville Cardinals 81-78. DePaul guard Tom Kleinschmidt stepped up and drained a 20-foot jumpshot while drawing a foul on the elbow by Louisville’s Tick Rogers with 11.4 seconds remaining. Kleinschmidt then went to the free throw line and sank the shot that gave the Blue Demons the 82-81 win.

#2 - March 21, 1983 – Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois

In the second round of the National Invitation Tournament, DePaul guard Kenny Patterson’s 25-foot jumper at the buzzer gave the Blue Demons a 65-63 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats

#1 - March 15, 1987 – Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois

In the second round of the NCAA tournament, the Blue Demons trailed the St. John’s Redmen 69-65 with 12 seconds to play. DePaul’s Kevin Edwards launched a long distance shot that was off the mark. The ball was retrieved by Dallas Comegys who scored a layup and drew a foul from St. John’s forward Terry Bross. Comegys then went to the free throw line where he deliberately missed the free throw attempt. The ball bounced straight into the hands of Stanley Brundy, who tipped it to Kevin Edwards, who then passed it to Rod Strickland. Strickland scored a driving layup to tie the game at 69 and send the game to overtime where the Blue Demons prevailed 83-75 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Those are our five. What plays do you think should rank up there?

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