DePaul hasn’t been known for having a flair for the dramatic in the past few years. But that didn’t stop them from engineering a comeback victory over the Missouri State Bears on Wednesday night.
Off the back of a Billy Garrett jumper that beat the buzzer, the Blue Demons stunned the visiting Bears 68-66. The bucket from Garrett propels DePaul to a 3-1 start on the year, marking the third time in the last four years that they have gotten off to such a start through the first four games of the year.
Garrett was impactful in the victory as he scored a game-high 23 points on 15 shots. The senior guard also shot 8-for-8 from the free throw line and chipped in two rebounds, three assists and a block in 28 minutes of action. Eli Cain complemented Garrett, as he is to do, with 22 points of his own while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Cain had eight boards and an assist while playing 36 minutes of action.
Tre’Darius McCallum had a double-double, posting 10 points and bringing down 12 rebounds while shooting 5-for-11 from the field.
DePaul won despite committing turnovers at a rate of 26.1 percent on their 69 possessions. In total, they committed 18 turnovers to Missouri State’s 13.
The Blue Demons will now get the next week off and come back to the Rosemont Horizon for a tilt against Drake next Wednesday night.