DePaul Throws Down Notre Dame 67-66

It was a game that was billed as ESPN's Throwdown Thursday and it was a Wilson Chandler throwdown with 17 seconds to go that gave the DePaul Blue Demons the game winner in a 67-66 victory over rival Notre Dame. Chandler then helped seal the victory with a block of Rob Kurz's potential game winning shot.

Wilson Chandler led all scorers with a season-high 25 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds to walk away with the Wendell Smith Award, the game's MVP trophy. It was the second time Chandler has won the award. The first came in a 73-67 DePaul win over Notre Dame in Rosemont last season.

"He's just so active," Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey said of Chandler. "Physically he's at a whole other level, a very, very talented young man. He plays with such a nice demeanor. He never gets rattled. He was a load for us. Chandler is just a great talent. There is not a better raw talent in our league than this kid."

"He's a reluctant go-to guy," DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright said of Wilson. "He's such an unassuming guy. He never really gets too high or low out on the court. He's an incredible athlete. I'm sure he's improving right in front of your eyes. He's got a great future. He certainly was the difference maker tonight."

Colin Falls led the way for the Irish with 20 points. Rob Kurz scored 15 and snared nine rebounds coming off of an ankle injury. Freshman point guard Tory Jackson chipped in with 12. "That's a disappointing one for us, because I thought we did enough to finish it, but you got to be better with the ball and smarter to end the game," said Brey. "You've got to give DePaul credit. They can really get out and physically guard when they want to. We knew we were going to get the Kansas (game) effort tonight."

Notre Dame's leading scorer Russell Carter was held to nine points by the defensively play of DePaul sophomore guard Jabari Currie.

While Chandler was the game's MVP, it was key plays by senior Marcus Heard down the stretch that helped lead the Demons to the win. Heard contributed 10 points, six of which came in the final four minutes. Heard came up with a clutch layup, dunk, and a putback within that span. "Marcus got the rebound and put it back in," said Wainwright. "That was a major putback. I thought Marcus and Wilson executed against the zone as well as we have all year. I thought they did a terrific job."

Junior guard Draelon Burns chimed in with 11 points for DePaul as the Demons had three players in double figures.

DePaul is now 14-11 and 5-6 in Big East play. The Demons now have a six day layoff to prepare for the Marquette Golden Eagles on Valentine's Day.

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