DePaul’s season ends with first round loss to Creighton at Big East Tournament

DePaul’s hot stretch and lead in the Big East standings seems years away now.

The Blue Demons’ season ended Wednesday with a 78-63 loss to the Creighton Bluejays in the first round of the Big East Tournament, the team’s eighth straight loss and 11th in the final 12 games.

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Photo: Elsa / Getty Images

DePaul (12-20, 6-12 Big East) played a strong first half. After falling behind by six points in the opening minutes, the Blue Demons tied the Bluejays 33-33 in the final minute of the period.

A buzzer-beater by Geoffrey Groselle gave Creighton (14-18, 4-14) a 35-33 advantage at the break.

DePaul stayed tied with Creighton into the final 13 minutes but then allowed a 13-2 run to the Bluejays over a 4:48 span. Creighton’s lead reached as many as 16 points in the final minutes.

Guard James Milliken led Creighton with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting while Devin Brooks added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists off the bench.

Four DePaul players reached double figures in scoring, led by senior wing Jamee Crockett with 15 points. Sophomore guard Billy Garrett Jr. had 10 points and 8 assists.

With the season finished, DePaul fans now turn their attention to head coach Oliver Purnell. Purnell just wrapped up his fifth year with the program and holds a 54-105 overall record with at least 19 losses each season.

Purnell appeared to have this team turning a corner in January with a 5-2 start to Big East play. But the losing streak to end the season showed a reversion.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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