The Blue Demons played like feisty canines in a 77-70 upset of 11th ranked Providence at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.
DePaul (8-14, 2-8) scrapped for loose balls and outworked Providence (18-5,6-4) on the glass as they outrebounded Providence by a 48-24 margin.
That was emphasized by Providence coach Ed Cooley in his postgame comments.
This wasn't an upset tonight, they outplayed us," Cooley said.
“We were resilient tonight,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “Our second half defense was good. Our rebounding was tremendous today. We were just resilient enough to carry it over the top.”
DePaul held Kris Dunn, who is the leader for player of the year in the Big East, to 14 points on five of 20 shooting.
“He’s a good player,” Billy Garrett, Jr. said of Dunn. “You’ve got to keep walls around him. You’ve got to keep people in his face and make other guys beat us.”
Ben Bentil, the leading scorer in the Big East, scored only six points after playing just 14 minutes due to a right ankle injury that happened in the first half.
DePaul started the game out on the right foot with an 8-0 run.
They then had a key 9-0 run in the second half that was fueled by a three point from Myke Henry, a layup by Rashaun Stimage, a layup by Henry, and another layup from Darrick Wood.
Henry led all scorers with a double-double performane of 27 points on 12 of 18 shooting along with 11 rebounds. Garrett contributed 16 points while going three of seven from beyond the arc.
Stimage came off the bench to add nine points, seven of which came in the second half.
It was DePaul’s second win over a ranked opponent this season. The first was an upset of 20th ranked George Washington in December.
It was the highest ranked win for the Blue Demons since December 2nd, 2006 when they defeated the fifth ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 64-57.
The Blue Demons now travel to Omaha, Nebraska where they will have a rematch with the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday afternoon.
Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information
Tuesday’s win over No. 11/11 Providence was the highest-ranked victory for the Blue Demons since the 64-57 win over No. 5/5 Kansas on Dec. 2, 2006... the win over No. 11/11 Providence is DePaul’s second of the season over a ranked opponent... the Blue Demons knocked off No. 20/20 George Washington, 82-61, on Dec. 22 at Allstate Arena... Billy Garrett Jr. earned his 300th assist of his career with his first assist of the night... he is the 16th player in school history with 300 or more assists... Garrett (303 assists) passed Melvon Foster (299 assists, 1988-91) for 16th all-time... Myke Henry earned his third double-double of the season... the rebounding margin of +24 is the most for the Blue Demons this season... Providence leads the series, 26-9... the win ended a four-game skid for DePaul against the Friars.