Great Moments in Allstate Arena History

There have been many great memorable moments in the history of DePaul basketball at Allstate Arena, which originally opened in 1980 as the Rosemont Horizon, in Rosemont.  As this era comes to a close this week, we take a look back at what are arguably some of the greatest and most memorable moments in the last 37 seasons of Blue Demon hoops history in Rosemont.

#10 – January 20, 2010 – vs. Marquette

DePaul guard Mike Stovall sank a game-winning 20 foot fallaway jumper with 0.7 seconds remaining on the game clock to defeat Marquette 51-50.  It was a fantastic finish for DePaul, as they got their first win under interim coach Tracy Webster. The Blue Demons had been trailing 50-46 with 20 seconds to play before Stovall scored five points in the game’s final 10 seconds.

#9 -  March 2, 2006 - vs. Syracuse

In front of a ESPN national television audience, the Demons handed the Syracuse Orange a 108-69 loss. It was the worst loss for the Orange since a 49-3 drubbing at the hands of Colgate during the 1902-03 season.  DePaul attacked Syracuse's trademark 2-3 zone with a barrage of threes. The Demons drilled 16 from three point land, breaking the school and Allstate Arena records. The Blue Demons shot a deadly 57.1% on trifectas. Karron Clarke led all scorers with a career high 27 points including a perfect five for five from behind the arc. Sammy Mejia chipped in 21 points including four of eight on three pointers. Draelon Burns added 17, while Wilson Chandler contributed 16 points. Marcus Heard recorded a career high 15 points.  Jabari Currie dished out 11 assists as the DePaul team had 38 total assists and just eight turnovers. The game was rated the best offensive showing of the last 10 years by ESPN.

#8 - December 10, 1983 - vs. Georgetown

The Blue Demons upset the third ranked Hoyas 63-61.  DePaul came back after trailing by 15 points in the first half.  The Demons won the game on two made free throws by Jerry McMillan with 22 seconds remaining.  Patrick Ewing led the Hoyas with a double-double performance of 16 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.  Kenny Patterson and Tony Jackson led the Demons with 15 points apiece.

#7 – December 2, 2006 – vs. Kansas

The Jayhawks came into Allstate Arena ranked fifth in the nation.  In front of a crowd of 16,922 in Rosemont, the Blue Demons took over the final five minutes of the second half.  DePaul's Sammy Mejia dropped 23 points in a 64-57 upset for the Demons.  It was Mejia's day as he scored eight straight points during a 14-0 DePaul run late in the game, including the three pointer that tied the game and the following trifecta that put DePaul up for good at 56-53.  Blue Demons forward Wilson Chandler finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

#6 - December 27, 1980 – vs. UCLA

DePaul was ranked #1 in the nation while undefeated UCLA was ranked #3.  The game was billed by NBC’s Al McGuire as the “Game of the Year” between two undefeated teams.  DePaul was 8-0. UCLA was 7-0. The Blue Demons exacted some revenge on the Bruins who had defeated the Blue Demons the prior season in the NCAA Tournament.   In the rematch in Rosemont, DePaul handed UCLA and Coach Larry Brown a sound 93-77 defeat.  Mark Aguirre led the Demons with 23 points and nine rebounds.  Terry Cummings had 19 points and eight rebounds, Bernard Randolph came off the bench to score 14, Teddy Grubbs added 12 and Clyde Bradshaw had eight points to go along with six rebounds.

#5 - March 8th, 1981 – vs. Notre Dame

This game was a battle for the number one ranking.  Top ranked Oregon State had lost the night before.  Notre Dame was 22-5 and had their eyes on the top spot in the polls, but so did the Blue Demons.  DePaul prevailed 74-64.  Mark Aguirre recorded a double-double effort of 24 points and 14 rebounds.  Teddy Grubbs contributed 14 points.  Clyde “the Glide” Bradshaw won the Wendell Smith award as the game’s most outstanding player.  Bradshaw dished out a double-double of 14 assists, 14 points and three steals.

#4 – February 6, 1999 – vs. Cincinnati

The Blue Demons trailed the third ranked Bearcats by 11 points with 5:57 remaining in the game, yet mounted a comeback.  With the Bearcats leading 60-59 with four seconds remaining, DePaul guard Willie Coleman stole the ball and was fouled with the clock at 0:00.  Coleman stepped to the free throw line and sank both free throws to upset Cincinnati 61-60 in front of 15,816 fans.

#3 -February 25, 1995 – vs. Louisville

With 12 seconds to play, the Blue Demons trailed the Louisville Cardinals 81-78. DePaul guard Tom Kleinschmidt stepped up and drained a 20-foot jumpshot while drawing a foul on the elbow by Louisville’s Tick Rogers with 11.4 seconds remaining. Kleinschmidt then went to the free throw line and sank the shot that gave the Blue Demons the 82-81 win.

#2 - March 21, 1983 – vs.  Northwestern

In the second round of the National Invitation Tournament, DePaul guard Kenny Patterson’s 25-foot jumper at the buzzer gave the Blue Demons a 65-63 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats.  DePaul coach Ray Meyer later said that this was his favorite moment in Rosemont.  

#1 - March 15, 1987 – vs.  St. John’s

In the second round of the NCAA tournament, the Blue Demons trailed the St. John’s Redmen 69-65 with 12 seconds to play. DePaul’s Kevin Edwards launched a long distance shot that was off the mark. The ball was retrieved by Dallas Comegys who scored a layup and drew a foul from St. John’s forward Terry Bross. Comegys then went to the free throw line where he deliberately missed the free throw attempt. The ball bounced straight into the hands of Stanley Brundy, who tipped it to Kevin Edwards, who then passed it to Rod Strickland. Strickland scored a driving layup to tie the game at 69 and send the game to overtime where the Blue Demons prevailed 83-75 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

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