DePaul (9-20, 2-14) fought back after trailing by 20 points with 16:26 to play. The Demons came to with one point of the Pirates with Seton Hall (18-10, 8-8) holding a 77-76 lead with 21 seconds to play, but held on to earn the win in the final seconds.
“I thought we played with great spirit and great energy early in the game and the whole second half,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “We came and took a good punch from them and responded from down 20 and making it a one point game towards the end. We’ve got to continue to fight so that these close games come out in our favor more.”
The Demons showed a lot of resilience as they never gave up in the contest.
“It says two things,” said DePaul senior guard Billy Garrett, Jr. “We keep fighting and we don’t give up. It also shows that we don’t play well consistently enough to give ourselves a win.”
Garrett led all scorers with 26 points and dished out six assists.
Eli Cain contributed 21 points on eight of 16 shooting. Junior college trasnfer Tre’Darius McCallum had a hot shooting day, going seven for 10 from the field and finishing with 15 points for the Demons.
DePaul invested a lot of time and energy in preparing for handling Seton Hall center Angel Delgado,, who leads the nation in rebounding. Delgado racked up a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.
“He’s a load on the low post and he can face-up and he’s a pretty good passer,” Leitao said of Delgado. “He’s been a challenge for every single team that he plays. We made a concerted effort over the last couple of days to try to limit him.”
Four Pirates finished in double-figures. Desi Rodriguez led the way with 19 points, Khadeen Carrington contributed 18, and Myles Powell added 15 points off the bench.
Four Blue Demons fouled out in the game, Joe Hanel, Cain, Brandon Cyrus, and Levi Cook, as they put Seton Hall on the free throw line late in the contest.
The Blue Demons travel to Providence, Rhode Island to meet the Friars on Tuesday night.