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How It All Fell Apart at DePaul
- Updated: January 11, 2017
It took a nearly impossible set of circumstances, but Providence fell to DePaul in what can only be described as a complete late game meltdown.
Leading by nine points with under two minutes to play, PC fell 64-63 after DePaul’s Billy Garrett finished a traditional three point play off of a PC turnover to put the Demons up by a point. Kyron Cartwright then missed a layup at the buzzer to close out a shocking collapse in Chicago.
If you didn’t stay up for this one, here’s how it all fell apart for the Friars.
Isaiah Jackson made a pair of free throws with 1:57 remaining to put Providence ahead 58-49. Garrett and Eli Cain (who came in averaging over 17 points per game) struggled so mightily throughout the night that a nine point advantage might as well have been 20, but Friar turnovers and mistakes breathed life into what had been a dormant DePaul offense.
Jackson fouled Cain 18 feet from the basket sending him to the line for two. He made both and it was 58-51 with 1:49 to play.
Twelve seconds later things tightened. PC center Emmitt Holt, playing with four fouls, got the ball just in front of the halfcourt line. He was trapped in the corner as all of his teammates retreated up the floor, leading to Holt stumbling to the ground and firing a pass from one knee directly to Cain. Cain then took the ball to Holt’s chest, drew a foul, and went to the free throw line with a chance to make it a one possession game.
Cain hit both shots and Holt went to the bench with his fifth foul. 58-53 with 1:37 remaining.
Providence couldn’t inbound the ball after the second free throw and burned a timeout.
The Friars then couldn’t get the ball over halfcourt for the second possession in a row. This time they got the ball in the hands of their point guard, but Cartwright had his pocket picked out of a trap and suddenly it was 58-55 with 1:22 left after a DePaul layup.
Providence got a break on their next possession, as Cartwright was fouled 40 feet from the basket. He made both shots at the line to give Providence a five point lead.
There wasn’t much PC could do about DePaul’s next possession as Cain hit a difficult half hook in the lane to pull the Demons back to within three with 46 seconds to go.
Seven seconds later Jackson was fouled and made one of two. 61-57 Friars with :39 on the clock.
Nine seconds later Garrett kept the pressure on PC by knocking down an elbow jumper to bring DePaul to within two.
PC freshman Alpha Diallo showed nerves of steel six seconds later, calmly connecting on a pair of free throws to push the advantage back to four with 22 seconds left.
The freshman giveth and the freshman taketh away.
Diallo reached in and fouled Garrett on the other end who made both free throws to cut the lead to two, and suddenly all of the pressure was on Providence and all of the momentum sided with DePaul.
Then came the backbreaker.
Rodney Bullock inbounded the ball under PC’s basket with a timeout in his pocket and 15 seconds remaining on the clock with his team up two. DePaul sent multiple defenders at Cartwright, so Bullock launched a pass to Jackson at halfcourt which sailed over his head.
DePaul recovered the loose ball under their own basket and got the ball into the hands of Garrett, their senior playmaker. Garrett drove the length of the floor and finished a layup while being fouled by Bullock under the basket. Tie game, four seconds left.
Garrett knocked down the free throw to give DePaul their first lead since it was 10-9.
PC couldn’t have asked for a better shot at the other end. Cartwright inbounded the ball to Bullock near halfcourt, who flipped a pass back to Cartwright. PC’s point guard got to the front of the rim, but missed the layup as time expired.
The Friars went without a field goal for nearly five minutes to close the game, as DePaul closed on a 15-5 run to pull out an improbable victory.
This was a crushing loss for the Friars, who were looking for their first true road win after starting 0-4 on the road this season. Providence controlled the game throughout, taking a double digit lead late in the first half and leading by double figures for much of the second before the unthinkable happened in the final two minutes.