Garrett Returns, Leads DePaul Past St. John’s

Billy Garrett Jr. returned to the court in high fashion on Thursday night at Allstate Arena to leads his Blue Demons to a 83-75 victory over the St. John’s Red Storm.

Garrett, who picked up a right calf strain in last week’s game at St. John’s was forced to sit out in Saturday’s loss to Marquette.  He made up for lost time with a his third career double-double performance.  Billy scored 19 points, dished out 10 assists, was a perfect eight for eight from the free throw line, and had just one turnover.

The difference in this one was ball movement on offense and rebounding.

“It was good to get everybody involved,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao.  “Tonight we shared the ball.”

DePaul (9-18, 3-12) outrebounded St. John’s (8-21, 1-15) by a 38-29 margin.  

“Rebounding is a simple statistic to gauge and that’s usually energy,” said Leitao.  “You’ve got to be aggressive.  I thought we did that from the outset.  At the end of the day you have to go after the ball on both ends and I thought we did that.”

Four Blue Demons finished in double figures.  Myke Henry contributed 17 points and eight rebounds.  Freshman Eli Cain added 16 points while Tommy Hamilton chipped in with 10 points.

The Blue Demons were without center Peter Ryckbosch who sat out today’s game with a knee injury.

St. John’s guard Ron Mvouika led all scorers with 20 points.  Senior guard Durand Johnson added 15 points, while freshman Malik Ellison contributed 12 points in the losing effort.

DePaul now has a quick turnaround where they travel to Rhode Island to face the Providence Friars on Saturday afternoon.  

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Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information:

Billy Garrett Jr. (320 assists) passed Peter Patton (313 assists) for 15th on DePaul’s all-time assists list... Garrett moved to 37th on DePaul’s all-time scoring list after scoring his 11th point... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 703 straight games... Garrett recorded his first double-double of the season and third of his career... St. John’s leads the all-time series, 20-17... the home team has won seven straight games in the series... DePaul is now 5-2 when at least four players reach double-figure scoring.


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