Last night the DePaul Blue Demons traveled 90 odd miles north to the BMO Harris Bradley Center where they haven’t won since February 16th, 2000 a downed Marquette 57-56.
The Golden Eagles didn’t play the sharpest game, and seemed as though they were playing “down” to the 7 and 12 Blue Demons. Even though Marquette’s season record is the polar opposite they are just 2-5 in conference, while DePaul brought a 1 and 6 Big East record with them. Five minutes into the game the score was just 6 to 6 and at the half it was only 26-22, DePaul.
The Blue Demons out rebounded Marquette and were able to get 15 more shots at the basket as a result of it. In the post game press conference MU head coach Steve Wojciechowski referenced that fact “I don’t care who you play that’s a lot of shots.”
Marquette sophomore guard Duane Wilson led all scorers with 19 points, he was also 2 for 2 from the line and had 4 assists.
The game came down to each team’s final possession, unfortunately DePaul had the ball “basically” last. With 7 seconds left, Blue Demon guard Billy Garrett Jr. drove the lane, shot and was fouled. Game now tied Garrett Jr. who was perfect from the line for the evening, stayed perfect and DePaul went up 57-56 with just 1.1 seconds on the clock. It wasn’t enough for Wojo’s team, and DePaul came out with their 2nd Big East win of the season, in their 117th meeting against Marquette.
The Golden Eagles will try to “right the ship” after their 3rd straight Big East loss, when they travel to St. Johns on Saturday(1/23). DePaul will try to make it 2 in a row in their next game, next week at Butler (1/27).