DePaul Knocks off Marquette 61-58
Dec. 31, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Despite sporting a 13-point lead midway through the second half, Marquette faltered down the stretch on Wednesday afternoon and allowed DePaul to pull out a 61-58 victory in the BIG EAST Conference season opener at Allstate Arena.
The Blue Demons used a 25-9 run over the final 12 minutes to upset Marquette, which led as many as 13 points, 49-36, on a Juan Anderson free throw with 11:46 remaining.
DePaul (7-7, 1-0 BIG EAST) sophomore guard Billy Garrett Jr., who scored a game-high 19 points, knotted the game at 55-55 with a 3-pointer and gave the Blue Demons their first lead on a free throw, 56-55, since early in the first half with just 1:14 to play.
A Luke Fischer layup put MU down 60-58 with 20 seconds remaining and after DePaul’s Darrick Wood missed one of two from the charity stripe, two MU attempts from deep to tie fell short.
The Golden Eagles took a six point lead into the half, 32-26, behind nine points from Duane Wilson. The redshirt freshman gave MU its largest lead of the opening frame at 29-20 with three minutes remaining in the stanza.
The Blue Demons responded to cut their deficit to four points early in the second half on a layup from Joe Hanel with 14:38 left in the frame. Out of a called timeout, Luke Fischer found Derrick Wilson for a 3-pointer and Jajuan Johnson converted an and-one to put MU up by double digits, 44-34.
DePaul’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder Tommy Hamilton IV was suspended for the conference opener for a violation of team rules.
The Golden Eagles are now 0-4 in BIG EAST Conference regular season openers on the road.
Marquette returns to action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Central time against Providence.
GOMARQUETTE.COM THE OFFICIAL HOME OF MARQUETTE ATHLETICS