NCAAB Game Recap - DePaul at Xavier
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

DelSt
75
NCC
92
F
Manh
49
Sien
63
F
Boston
64
Colg
61
F
How
77
NCAT
86
F
Iona
54
StPet
56
F
App
68
TxSt
85
F
GaSo
81
GASt
62
F
Pitt
58
NCSU
73
F
Wash
70
Ariz
77
F
TXAMC
62
NWSt
79
F
Rice
76
FlInt
85
F
IdaSt
64
NoAZ
62
F
McNee
59
Lamar
80
F
UNC
53
Syr
81
F
UTEP
78
Marsh
86
F
WaSt
82
Colora
68
F
Ida
69
S UT
75
F
BC
58
ND
80
F
Cal
63
Stan
51
F
DeP
71
Xav
67
F
KansSt
53
TCU
49
F
TexSA
69
UAB
74
F
Sac
62
Web
54
F
Mia-FL
64
Clem
69
F
Utah
69
OrSt
71
F
FlAtl
66
OlDom
56
F
GTown
62
StJon
75
F
IaSt
71
OkSt
72
F
Ford
72
GrgWas
52
F
Nebras
64
Ind
89
F
Vand
73
Ark
86
F
StJos
70
GMas
77
F
NW
57
Minn
74
F
UGA
81
Miss
63
F

DePaul 71, Xavier 67

Mar 11, 2020, 9:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

T

(10) DePaul (16-16)

38

33

71

(7) Xavier (19-13)

34

33

67

DePaul stuns Xavier in first round of Big East Tourney
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:52 AM

NEW YORK (AP) DePaul is heading to the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference Tournament for the first time in six years with a win not many anticipated.

Paul Reed had 23 points and 12 rebounds and the lowly Blue Demons won their first conference tournament game since 2014 with a come-from-behind 71-67 over seventh-seeded Xavier in a first-round game on Tuesday night.

"We just came out and stuck with the plan, the game plan," said guard Charlie Moore, who added 18 points and nine assists for 10th-seeded DePaul (16-16). "Came out, gave energy. Tried to limit their rebound, offensive rebound attempts, just play defense as a team. I thought we did a great job of that tonight."

The win will send the Blue Demons, who won three of 18 conference games this season, to a quarterfinal showdown against second-seeded Villanova on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

"For everybody this time of year a lot at stake," DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. "Want to live to play another day. And in order to get to where you want to get to, you've got to take it one step, one possession at a time. I thought we did do that."

Tyrique Jones had 22 points to lead Xavier (19-13). Zach Freemantle matched his career high with 18 and Naji Marshall scored 15 for the Musketeers, who made 1 of their last 10 shots.

The two first-round games on Wednesday night - St. John's beat Georgetown in the opener - will be the last ones without fan restrictions. The league announced during the DePaul-Xavier game that the remainder of the conference's tournament will be played under a restricted attendance policy.

Attendees will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and conference staff, television personnel, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams. Schools will be limited to 200 tickets per institution.

It won't matter for seventh-seeded Xavier. It had used a 13-point run to take a 59-53 lead with 9:18 to play, but the Musketeers scored eight points the rest of the way in failing to win a tournament game for the first time since joining the league seven years ago.

After falling behind by six points, Moore hit a 3-pointer and Reed slammed home a dunk around a shot by Xavier's KyKy Tandy to get within 61-58. DePaul would eventually take the lead for good on a shot by Reed in the paint for a 64-63 lead with 4:15 to play. Jaylen Butz scored inside with 2:47 to go and Moore made two free throws to up the advantage to 69-63 with 29 seconds left.

"I think basketball is a game of runs," Marshall said. "Like you said, they was up nine, we were up six. Next thing you know we lose the lead. Coach said there, we were pretty tired. Crashed the offensive glass towards the second half. Like he said, we was tired. And we didn't execute our system on defense or offense."

DePaul used a 13-2 run to open a 35-24 lead late in the first half, but Freemantle hit two 3-pointers in a 10-3 spurt to close the gap to 38-24 at the half.

UP NEXT:

DePaul: Will face second-seeded Villanova on Thursday night in the quarterfinals. The Blue Demons, who are now 3-12 in the Big East Tournament, lost twice against the Wildcats this season.

Then again, Xavier beat DePaul twice this season, too.

Xavier: This loss could knock Xavier into the NIT. "That's up to the people on the committee, obviously," Xavier coach Travis Steele said of the NCAA Tournament. "I think we play in the toughest league in the entire country. You look at our strength of schedule, I think it was fifth heading into the Big East in the entire country. And we've beaten some good teams. Again, I think we deserve to be in there. But, again, at the same time it's not up to us."

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Leaders

DePaul PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Hall 0 0 1 4 1 0
D. Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0
Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. James 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Moore 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

DeP Xav
Points For 71 67
Field Goals 25/55-45% 27/60-45%
Three Pointers 6/18-33% 3/17-18%
Free Throws 15/18-83% 10/14-71%
Offensive Rebounds 9 9
Defensive Rebounds 26 23
Rebounds 35 38
Blocks 4 1
Steals 6 10
Turnovers 14 11
Personal Fouls 14 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Xav Leads Series 2-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Feb 4 Xav 67 @ DeP 59 B. Moore 1 N. Ongenda 2
Tue Feb 25 DeP 67 @ Xav 78 N. Ongenda 2 L. Schrand 1
Wed Mar 11 DeP 71 @ Xav 67 R. Weems 2 J. Carter 2

Game Information

Stadium: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Attendance: 17,534
Game Time: