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Top 5 moments in DePaul's final game in Rosemont

With an official attendance of 6,774 fans packing the 36-year-old venue in Rosemont, Ill. on Saturday afternoon, Xavier handed DePaul a 79-65 loss to wrap up its tenure at Allstate Arena. However, the Blue Demons recorded a handful of moments on Senior day to supply their uneasy supporters with a grin before heading to Wintrust Arena next season.

5. Despite owning an 11-point lead midway through the first half, the Blue Demons squandered their advantage, as the Musketeers went on an 19-6 run over the next five-plus minutes. Then, DePaul swingman Eli Cain shifted the momentum back towards the home, rifling a pass in transition to Chris Harrison-Docks, who subsequently drilled a three-pointer from the left corner. Cain nearly traveled on the play, but he kept his eyes down the floor the entire time to find the wide-open sharpshooter. 

4. With 19 seconds remaining in the first half, guard Billy Garrett Jr. whipped a pass to backcourt mate R.J. Curington at the free-throw line. The senior then took a couple steps towards the rim before hitting a push shot to cut the Musketeers’ lead to 33-30. Those were Curington's lone point of the afternoon, as the senior finished his career at DePaul with 248 points.

3. Playing in his final home game with the Blue Demons, Garrett Jr. recorded another accolade. Trailing Xavier 67-61 with under five minutes left, the 6-foot-6, 213-pound Chicago native drove into the lane and knocked down a 10-foot fadeaway jumper. Following that basket, he passed Dallas Comegys for ninth-place on DePaul’s all-time scoring list. Comegys played for the Blue Demons from 1983-87, collecting 1,613 points in the process.

2. Facing a 10-point deficit with less than five minutes to play, DePaul needed a spark to halt the bleeding. Harrison-Docks would provide the short-lived surge, draining a deep three-pointer from the left wing, along with drawing a foul on forward RaShid Gaston. Although this four-point play was slightly dissimilar to Tom Kleinschmidt’s against Louisville in 1994-95 season, Blue Demons’ fans stood in awe. The senior finished the season tied with Garrett for the second-most triples (39) made on the roster.

1. Less than a minute remained on the clock before Garrett Jr.’s career at Allstate Arena was terminated, but he delivered the DePaul faithful with one final memory in the historic stadium. The senior connected on a mid-range jumper with 41 seconds left, giving him a team-high 17 points. “(After stepping off the floor for the last time), I was having flashbacks from my first game here and, even further than that, flashbacks from me sitting in the crowd from when my dad first started coaching here,” he said. “It’s gonna be sad to not ever play here again.”


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