Trailing 56-54 with 1.1 seconds remaining DePaul’s Billy Garrett, Jr. drove the lane for a layup and drew a foul. Garrett then went to the free throw line to successfully knock down the game winning free throw for the Blue Demons.
Marquette (12-7, 2-5) failed to get a shot off on the ensuing possession.
“The guys fought tooth and nail,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said after the game on WSCR Radio. “I thought our defense kept them off balance just enough to make a stop and get rebounds. Our rebounding today was over the top. It was really good and we got timely baskets.”
Garrett was held scoreless in the first half, but came up big when it mattered in crunch time. Billy ended up with 14 points on the night.
Myke Henry led the way for DePaul (7-12, 1-6) with a double-double performance of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Marquette’s Duane Wilson came off the bench to lead all scorers with 19 points. DePaul held Marquette’s leading scorer Henry Ellenson to 11 points.
The Blue Demons outworked and outhustled Marquette on the glass and outrebounded the Golden Eagles by a 33-26 margin.
DePaul is now off for the next week before they travel to Indianapolis to meet Butler next Wednesday night.
Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information:
DePaul extended its streak to 695 straight games with a three-pointer... the win was the first for DePaul at Marquette since a 55-35 win on Feb. 16, 2000... Myke Henry’s 12 rebounds matched his career high... the double-double was his second of the season and fourth of his career... Henry also has four games this season with nine rebounds and double-figure points... the win was the first for Dave Leitao at Marquette... he is now 3-4 all-time against the Golden Eagles... the Blue Demons have outrebounded their opponent in 14 of 19 games overall and six of seven BIG EAST games... Wednesday was the 117th meeting between DePaul and Marquette... Marquette leads the series, 71-46... the Blue Demons are 14-41 all-time at Marquette... DePaul has won two of the last three meetings between the two programs.