Although no local teams made the NCAA Tournament, 2015 was the best year in a long time for Chicago college basketball.
The Catch and Shoot has chosen its top 10 moments of the year and will be rolling out one per day until New Year’s Eve, when the No. 1 moment will be revealed.
7. DePaul beats No. 20 George Washington for first home win vs. ranked team since 2008
You have have to go back only a few days for No. 7.
Fresh of three straight losses, the last of which was a heartbreaking defeat in overtime to local rival Northwestern, DePaul was a sizable underdog Dec. 22 at home to No. 20 George Washington. The teams met in Washington D.C. last season, where George Washington cruised to an 81-68 win.
The opposite was the story this time around.
DePaul dominated from the opening tip, opening the game on a 10-0 run. The Blue Demons shot the lights out both inside and outside the arc and shut down the Colonials offense on their way to a surprisingly easy, 82-61 victory.
Point guard Billy Garrett Jr. tore up George Washington for 20 points and seven assists. Fellow guards Aaron Simpson (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Eli Cain (16 points, 5 rebounds) had arguably their best games of the season.
Forward Myke Henry added 11 points, nine rebounds and this spectacular, and-one dunk over 6-foot-9 Tyler Cavanaugh.
The win was DePaul’s first at home against a ranked team since it beat No. 17 Villanova in 2008.
2015’s Top 10 Moments of Chicago basketball: