DePaul defeats Drake in another comeback thriller

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.

Photo: DePaul Athletics
Photo: DePaul Athletics

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.

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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