Loyola Marymount ends 6-game skid, beats DePaul

  Evan Payne scored 24 points to lead Loyola Marymount past DePaul 72-69 on Thursday in the seventh-place game of the Diamond Head Classic. Payne cut to the basket for an open layup with 2:54 left for a 63-59 lead and hit a 3-pointer on LMU's next possession for a seven-point advantage. Loyola Marymount (4-8) broke a six-game losing streak and DePaul (6-7) had its skid reach six...
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Loyola Marymount ends 6-game skid; beats DePaul

HONOLULU (AP) Evan Payne scored 24 points to lead Loyola Marymount past DePaul 72-69 on Thursday in the seventh-place game of the Diamond Head Classic. Payne cut to the basket for an open layup with 2:54 left for a 63-59 lead and hit a 3-pointer on LMU's next possession for a seven-point advantage. Loyola Marymount (4-8) broke a six-game losing streak and DePaul (6-7) had its skid...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

DePaul’s struggles continue with loss to Ohio at Diamond Head Classic

Following its best seven-game start in more than 20 years, DePaul has lost five straight games to fall to 6-6. The Blue Demons were defeated Tuesday by Ohio (4-5), 99-78, at the Diamond Head Classic. Photo: Jay Metzger/Hawaii Media Source, LLC DePaul senior forward Jamee Crockett got the game started with a jumper on the opening possession. After that, Ohio scored nine straight...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois State pulls ahead, beats DePaul 78-72

CHICAGO (AP) Paris Lee converted a four-point play to spark a 12-3 run in the final minute, pushing Illinois State past DePaul 78-72 on Sunday night. Billy Garrett Jr.'s layup gave DePaul a 58-49 lead with 8:16 remaining. Illinois State answered with a 17-9 run to pull within 69-66 with 1:15 left before Lee made it 70-69 with 58 seconds to go. Daishon Knight's three-point play pushed...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

DePaul off to best start in 21 years with win against Milwaukee

The last time DePaul was 6-1, Janet Jackson’s “Again” topped Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s been that long. DePaul reached that mark for the first time since the 1993-94 season with a 83-61 win Sunday against Milwaukee (4-5). “I’m not nearly satisfied,” coach Oliver Purnell said. “We’ve got a long way to go. I’m happy that I feel like the group is getting better...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

DePaul pulls away from Milwaukee 83-61

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Billy Garrett Jr. scored 18 points and Tommy Hamilton IV chipped in 15 with nine rebounds, leading DePaul to an 83-61 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday. The Blue Demons (6-1) shot 53.1 percent from the field and had all five starters score in double figures. Myke Henry finished with 15 points, Jamee Crockett had 13 and Durrell McDonald added 10 for DePaul. Garrett...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: DePaul 83, Milwaukee 61

DePaul improved to 6-1 Sunday with a 83-61 win at home against Milwaukee. Here is The Catch and Shoot’s rapid reaction to the Blue Demons’ victory: —DePaul was incredible defensively in the first half. The Blue Demons blocked nine shots and forced six turnovers, allowing just 0.75 points per possession. Their perimeter pressure gave Milwaukee very few good looks on jumpers...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

DePaul tops Northern Illinois 78-67

ROESMONT, Ill. (AP) Myke Henry and Billy Garrett Jr. each scored 15 points, Forrest Robinson added 14, including four 3-pointers, and DePaul beat Northern Illinois 78-67 on Tuesday. Tommy Hamilton IV and James Crockett scored 13 points apiece and Durrell McDonald had nine assists for the Blue Demons (4-1). Aaric Armstead scored 16 points for Northern Illinois (3-2), and Darrell...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Weekly Awards: Nov. 24

Time for the first-ever weekly Chicago awards. Every week, The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week from the six schools in the Greater Chicago Area: DePaul, Northwestern, UIC, Loyola, Chicago State and Valparaiso. Here are the awards for the first week (plus a few days) of the college basketball season: (AP Photo | The Herald-Times, Chris Howell...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul beats Drake 80-62, goes to 2-0

CHICAGO (AP) Billy Garrett Jr. scored 15 points to lead five DePaul players in double figures and the Blue Demons beat Drake 80-62 on Tuesday night. Myke Henry added 13 points, Jamee Crockett 12, Forrest Robinson 11 and Durrell McDonald 10 for DePaul, off to its first 2-0 start since 2011-12. The Blue Demons had a good night shooting, making 27 of 49 field-goal attempts (55.1 percent...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul edges Illinois-Chicago 72-71

CHICAGO (AP) Tommy Hamilton IV scored 17 points to lead DePaul to a 72-71 win over Illinois-Chicago in the season opener for both teams Friday night. Leading 46-30 at the break, DePaul had to hold off a surging UIC team in the second half to secure the win. Hamilton, who was 7 of 11 from the field, got help from Billy Garrett Jr., who had 12 points, and Myke Henry and Forrest Robinson...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Best case/worst case scenario: Loyola Ramblers

With the college basketball season starting Friday, The Catch and Shoot is taking a look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for Chicago’s team. As you may have guessed, this series of posts tries to evaluate each team’s highest peak as well as their lowest low. Here is a look at Loyola’s best-case and worst-case scenario: (Also check out best-case/worst-case scenarios for...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Best case/worst case scenario: DePaul Blue Demons

Best Case Photo: Rob Grabowski | USA Today Sports With a year under their belts, sophomores Billy Garrett Jr. and Tommy Hamilton IV blossom into one of the Big East’s best inside-outside duos. The Blue Demons avoid bad losses in non-conference with these two leading the way and enter the Big East with a 10-3 record. Junior forward Rashaun Stimage returns from a foot injury in...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Garrett earns preseason All-Big East Second Team honors

Photo: Chicago Tribune Billy Garrett Jr.’s picked up another accolade this week, being named to the preseason All-Big East second team. Garrett, a sophomore point guard, won Big East Rookie of the Year honors last season. He averaged 12.4 points and 3.0 assists per game, making him the Blue Demons top returner in terms of scoring and distribution. (Don’t forget to check out...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul picked last in Big East Coaches Poll

Photo: Rob Grabowski | USA Today Sports The Big East released its preseason coaches’ poll this week, and DePaul was tabbed to finish last in the 10-team conference. The Blue Demons lost their top two scorers from last season, Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young. But they return a pair of promising sophomores in point guard Billy Garrett Jr. and forward Tommy Hamilton IV. (Don...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Big East Basketball Schedule Announced

College Basketball is inching closer day by day. Here in Chicago, the DePaul Blue Demons and 9 other Big East teams are getting ready for what should be another exciting year. DePaul has found themselves at the bottom of the conference for a long time now, and they will look to change things this year with sophomore guard Billy Garrett Jr. and 5th year DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Demons Being Exorcised? A New Era for DePaul

For those who forgot, there’s a Division I college hoops program with a strong history that still plays on the north side. It’s been seven years since DePaul men’s basketball has had any semblance of success, but in the words of the great Sam Cooke, a change is gonna come. And it won’t be the $173 million arena that deserves credit. The main reasons are a Morgan Park kid...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern and DePaul agree to five-year series beginning in 2015

The battle of Chicago? The Northwestern Wildcats and DePaul Blue Demons Men’s Basketball teams will begin that battle in 2015 according to the official Northwestern website. According to, both schools have agreed to begin a five-year series which will begin in the 2015-16 season. Last season, DePaul’s Billy Garrett Jr’s game winner gave the Blue […]
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul stuns Georgetown in Big East opener

Billy Garrett Jr. scored 17 points, including the clinching free throws, and DePaul surprised Georgetown 60-56 on Wednesday night for only its second Big East tournament victory.
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul tops Seton Hall 65-60

Brandon Young had a team-high 19 points, including four in the final minute and a half, as DePaul snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 65-60 victory over Seton Hall Tuesday night. Billy Garrett Jr. and Durrell McDonald had 15 points apiece and Sandi Marcius added 10 as the Blue Demons (11-18, 3-13 Big East) won for the first time since Jan. 14, a 77-75 victory against St. John...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

What is the best case scenario for DePaul basketball?

DePaul basketball has entered a dry spell, winless in their last five, including a 71-59 loss to Georgetown Monday night. Oliver Purnell, the head coach, stressed his team needs to begin focusing on their next opponent, the Creighton Blue Jays. “We have got to look at that as an opportunity to do something special in the midst of a tough spell here,” Purnell said. Beating Doug...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Should DePaul Cut Ties With Oliver Purnell?

The DePaul Blue Demons have an overall record of 10-11 and are 2-6 in Big East play. The slight improvement fans saw, after wins against Butler and St. John’s, has diminished. Has head coach Oliver Purnell’s opportunity at DePaul slammed shut? The former Clemson coach has had some positives while with the Blue Demons. Recruiting Billy Garrett Jr. might have been because his father...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

AUDIO: Analyzing today’s DePaul, Big East basketball action

DePaul lost a Big East basketball game on the road tonight by an 86-69 score at Seton Hall. I predicted 82-69 pirates on the local sports talk radio show “The Lineup” with Eli Hershkovich and Tom Bostwick on Radio DePaul: DePaul’s radio station. You can hear the audio of all three of discussing Big East basketball after the jump. Brandon Young led DePaul with 23 points as the...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Xavier 84, DePaul 74

Photo: AP | Timothy D. Easley DePaul (10-10, 2-5 Big East) lost Sunday in its return to Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons were overmatched by Xavier (15-4, 5-1), 84-74. Semaj Christon led the Musketeers with a game-high 27 points. The sophomore stud shot 9-of-12 from the field and got to the rim at will. Forwards Justin Martin and Isaiah Philmore combined for 31 points and 14 rebounds...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova Blows By DePaul In Second Half

Photo: USA Today images DePaul (10-9, 2-4 Big East) watched its short winning streak come to a close at Villanova (16-1, 5-0) on Saturday. The Blue Demons, who were coming off wins against Butler and St. John’s, trailed by only five points early in the half but wound up losing big, 88-62. All five DePaul started scored in double figures, led by senior Brandon Young‘s 13 points...
Via The Catch and Shoot
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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