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DePaul Escapes D.C. with Win Over Georgetown

Thanks to late second heroics from DePaul senior guard Billy Garrett, Jr., the Blue Demons managed to escape the Hoyas with a 67-65 win at Verizon Center on Wednesday night.

With the scored tied in the game’s final seconds, Garrett drove the lane and drew a two shot foul call with 0.2 of a second remaining. 

Garrett cooly and calmly went to the free throw line and sank both free throws to secure the win for the Blue Demons.  Garrett led the Demons with 15 points and four assists.

DePaul (9-19, 2-13) got contributions from a number of unlikely places in the win.  The Blue Demons bench outscored the Hoyas bench 25-11.  Seldom-used senior guard R.J. Curington scored 14 points coming off the bench.

The Blue Demons got 19 minutes off the bench from freshman big man Levi Cook, who helped out on the defensive end.  Cook had been limited with a foot injury in recent games.

After going scoreless in the first half, Tre’Darius McCallum scored 13 points in the second half including a clutch three pointer that tied the game with 3:40 to play.

The Blue Demons bounced back after trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half.  

DePaul saw a weakness they could exploit in the Georgetown team and decided to force an uptempo game as part of their strategy.  

“I told the guys at practice, either they come at you or you go at them,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said on WSCR Radio.  “We can certainly put people back on their heels by the way we push the ball up.  I thought that our offense gave us the ability to go downhill a lot more than normal.”

Georgetown (14-14, 5-10) was led by 18 points from center Jessie Govan.  Rodney Pryor contributed 14 points, while Marcus Derrickson added 11.

The Blue Demons now return home to Allstate Arena to face the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

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