Once again, DePaul saved its best hoops for crunch time. After trailing by 15 points midway through the second half Wednesday against Drake, the Blue Demons rallied for a 77-75 win at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Sophomore guard Eli Cain had the biggest bucket, a three-point play with 40 seconds left that gave DePaul (4-1) its first lead since the 3:21 mark of the first half. Drake guards Graham Woodward and Reed Timmer each missed jumpers in the closing seconds that would have given the Bulldogs (1-6) the lead.
Last Wednesday, DePaul trailed Missouri State by 11 points in the second half but came back to win 68-66 on a Billy Garrett Jr. buzzer-beater.
This time, Cain played the hero and finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Garrett struggled with 4 points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Senior guard Darrick Wood also came up huge during the comeback with eight points in the final 8:04. He finished with 12 off the bench.
Freshman guard Brandon Cyrus added career-highs of 14 points and 8 rebounds, including a big free throw with eight seconds left to give DePaul a 77-75 lead.
Timmer led Drake with 18 points while forward Billy Wampler had 17, all in the first half.