St. John's Spoils DePaul's Senior Day (Again)

In a triple overtime thriller, St. John's managed to ruin DePaul's Senior Day festivities for the second straight year as the Demons fell 90-82 to the Red Storm at Allstate Arena on Friday night.

It's surprising that DePaul senior guard Will Walker could walk for his postgame Senior Day honors after the iron man played in all 55 of the marathon game's minutes.

DePaul (8-22, 1-17) came out of the gate fast with a 7-0 run to start the game and quickly jumped out to a 30-10 lead on St. John's (16-14, 6-12) with 7:01 to play in the first half.

After a first half in which they couldn't shoot straight, St. John's managed to get back into it in the second half with junior forward Mac Koshwal on the DePaul bench with four fouls for a nine minute stretch.

The Blue Demons led throughout the game until the Red Storm tied everything up at 56-56 on a Justin Burrell dunk with two seconds to go in regulation to send the game to it's first overtime period.

Jeremiah Kelly then split through defenders for a layup which knotted things at 70-70 to end the first overtime.

It was Kelly again with a layup that tied the game at 77-77 before the close of the second overtime.

St. John's ran away with it in the third overtime as they held DePaul to five points in the game's final five minutes.

"By far the most exciting game I've ever been a part of in my life coaching," said St. John's coach Norm Roberts.

D.J. Kennedy led all scorers with 32 points. He was scorching hot from beyond the arc with seven of nine on three point field goals.

"After he made one or two, we weren't aware of where he was like we should have been," said DePaul interim coach Tracy Webster. "He's a streaky shooter, but at the same time he gets going a little bit. You have to close out. You have to make him take tough-challenged jump shots."

Three others finished in double-figures for the Red Storm. Guard Paris Horne scored 20, Anthony Mason, Jr. contributed with 14 points, and Burrell finished with 10.

Once again, the Blue Demons were out-muscled on the glass by a 53-44 margin.

Four players reached double-figures for DePaul. Mac Koshwal scored 23 points along with 11 rebounds to complete a double-double. Junior guard Mike Stovall had a splendid shooting night scoring 19 including five of six from three point territory and managed three steals. Kelly scored 13 and dished out nine assists. While Walker finished with 10 points in his final appearance at Allstate Arena.

Tonight was the 12th straight Big East loss for the Demons, they now have one more chance to end that skid in Tuesday's Big East tournament opener at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"We're 0-0 right now," said Webster. "We're going to go out there and compete like we always compete and have fun doing it."

Notes

Stovall went down with a knee injury towards the end of regulation, but later returned to the game.

"I haven't checked yet, but it seems like he's fine," Webster said of Stovall's condition.

- Tonight's game was only the third game in DePaul history to go to three overtimes.

- In addition to Walker, team managers Tim Foody and Alex O'Brien where honored in tonight's Senior Day ceremonies.

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