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Seton Hall edges out DePaul

The Seton Hall Pirates edged out the DePaul Blue Demons in the final seconds of a Big East battle in Newark, New Jersey that began on Saturday morning.

Seton Hall (12-2, 2-0) held on to win 78-74 in a hard fought game.

DePaul (6-8, 0-2) had an opportunity to tie the game up with 0.6 seconds remaining when Blue Demon guard Billy Garrett, Jr. went to the charity stripe to shoot three free throws while trailing 76-73.  Garrett missed his first free throw attempt, made the second, and then deliberately missed his final free throw, but the Pirates recovered the rebound. 

Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead then made two free throws to seal the win for the Pirates.

“The first thing I said in the locker room, that is the last of my concerns,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of the missed free throw on WSCR radio.  “And it has to be the last of (Garrett’s) concerns and our concerns, because I will break that tape down today and see that there are a million things that we could have done better and the free throws wouldn’t be part of it.”

Garrett led all scorers with a 20 point performance on six of 11 shooting and three of four from beyond the arc to go along with eight assists.

DePaul senior Rashaun Stimage scored a career high 15 points on seven of 12 from the field.

Myke Henry bounced back with 15 points and nine rebounds following a sub-par performance against Georgetown earlier in the week.

The officials whistled DePaul for 23 personal fouls to just 14 fouls call on Seton Hall.

What hurt DePaul more than anything in this outing was turnovers.  The Blue Demons turned the ball over 18 times in the contest.  

DePaul returns home to face the Butler Bulldogs in a Big East clash at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.


Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information:

DePaul extended its three-point streak to 690 consecutive games... Rashaun Stimage scored a career-high 15 points in his fifth career game in double-figures... Tommy Hamilton IV passed the 400-rebound plateau... Billy Garrett Jr. posted his third straight 20-point game... first time in his career with three consecutive games of 20 points or more... Garrett passed Jermaine Watts (269 assists, 1994-98) on the career assists chart and Dar Tucker (986 points, 2007-09) for 51st on the scoring list... Seton Hall leads the series, 11-6... the loss ended a three-game win streak for DePaul in the series

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