The Blue Demons (6-4) improved to 12-0 against the Cougars as
guard Billy Garrett collected eight points in overtime in a 77-70
victory over Chicago State at Allstate Arena.
Garrett hit a 3-pointer and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line to
collect the bulk of the Blue Demons' 15 extra-session points.
Forward Cleveland Melvin collected 18 points and 11 rebounds,
Garrett scored 17, and guard Brandon Young added 14 as the Blue
Demons (6-4) won their second straight game and third in their last
It was DePaul's first overtime triumph since first a 68-66 decision
over Detroit on Nov. 8, 2009.
Chicago State (4-6) rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to
take a brief late lead before Young forced a 62-62 tie with a free
throw with 48 seconds left in regulation.
"I thought they came in with a recipe for an upset on the road, that
is, to kind of hang in there, take some blows and wait for the home
team to let up," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said. "I was thrilled
to get into overtime, and I felt the pressure eased on our guys and
we took control."
In the overtime period, Charles McKinney sparked the Blue Demons
with a steal and layup followed by six points from Garrett for a
70-64 edge. McKinney later put an exclamation point on the victory
with a dunk for a 76-68 lead.
McKinney's efforts in overtime set the tone.
"He plays so hard something was bound to happen with him," Young
said. "He really started out running in overtime with the steal and
layup. That was a game-changer."
Forward Quinton Pippen and guard Nate Duhon paced the Cougars with
18 points apiece, with guard Clarke Rosenberg adding 17.
"This was a game we marked on our schedule," Pippen said. "We really
wanted to get after these guys and get this win. We lost, but my
team fought hard and I'm really proud of the way we fought."
The Cougars jumped to a quick 17-9 lead behind Pippen's seven early
But Chicago State abruptly stalled while DePaul launched a 16-2 run
over the next 4 minutes 12 seconds. The Blue Demons grabbed their
first lead at 21-19 on the second of guard Durrell McDonald's
back-to-back 3-pointers with 9:21 left in the first half.
The Blue Demons led the rest of the half, opening a 38-32 advantage
by the break behind Melvin's nine points.
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Melvin had a layup and a jam in a 53-second span as DePaul
opened its biggest lead to that point at 50-38 with 14:07 to
Chicago State still trailed 54-43 when it used a 16-4 run over a
seven-minute span to take a 59-58 lead on a 3-pointer by forward
Matt Ross with 5:06 remaining.
Guard Corey Gray hit a baseline 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining to
give the Cougars the lead again at 62-61. After Young tied the
game at 62-62 on a free throw, both teams missed late scoring
opportunities in regulation.
"I'm excited about how our guys put up a fight," Chicago State
coach Tracy Dildy said. "I don't believe in moral victories, but
I'm real proud of our guys."
Last year the Cougars' bid for a win over the Blue Demons
collapsed in the second half. Chicago State led 44-30 at
halftime but DePaul outscored the host 44-20 in the final 20
minutes on the way to a 74-64 victory.
Chicago State hosts Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Monday
while DePaul resumes play Wednesday at home against Houston
Baptist, its third game in seven days.
NOTES: Chicago State and Grand Canyon are the only Western
Athletic Conference teams with four players averaging 10 points
or better. Forward Quinton Pippen came into the game leading
with a 15.0 point average. ... Eight different Cougars have made
3-pointers this season. Pippen has made 88 career 3-pointers and
needed just three to enter Chicago State's all-time top 10 list.
He hit just two on Sunday, however.... Nine different Chicago
State players have started at least one game this season. ...
Under head coach Oliver Purnell, DePaul is 20-3 when scoring 80
points or more and 5-0 so far this season. ... Forward Cleveland
Melvin played in his 100th career game on Sunday and passed
Dallas Comegys (1,613 points) for seventh on the Blue Demons'
all-time scoring list. Melvin now has 1,624 career points.
Young's five assists gave him 450 for his career, passing
Terrence Greene (449 assists) for fourth place all-time. ...
DePaul is now 18-1 all-time against current members of the
Western Athletic Conference.
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