DePaul stunned No. 11 Providence on Tuesday, beating the Friars 77-70. The game was tied at 38 at halftime, but the Blue Demons (8-14, 2-8) outscored the Friars 39-32 in the second half – thanks in large part to a 13-2 run – to score their second Big East win of the season.
“We came out in the second half, they went on a little run and we called a timeout and said we need to limit them if we’re going to win the game,” DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr. said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Guys buckled down. It was simple. We just stayed to our principles and we were able to stop them. That led to easy baskets in transition for us.”
Garrett hit three three-pointers and finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, becoming just the 16th player in DePaul history with at least 300 career dimes.
“I got it going a little bit,” Garrett said. “I wanted to be aggressive from the start. Good things happened. I was getting to the basket, made a couple of threes early and kind of sparked our offense. (We) just went from there. Guys stayed aggressive and we came out with a victory.”
DePaul forward Myke Henry was a man amongst boys, finishing with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
“He played really, really good tonight,” Garrett said. “We needed that in order to win. He was making shots, he was rebounding – Mike played probably the best game he’s played since I’ve been here. We got a win and if we’re going to continue to have success, we’re going to need him to come out and perform like that every single night.”
DePaul limited Providence to 39.3 percent shooting from the floor and held Kris Dunn to 14 points.
“He’s a good player so we had to make sure we knew where he was at at all times, find him in transition early, put walls around him and just keep a lot of people in his face and make other guys beat us,” Garrett said. “We did that. We made other guys make plays, and as a result, we came out with a victory.”
DePaul entered Tuesday having lost 11 of 13. The Blue Demons have won just three games since Dec. 9, but two were against ranked teams.
“I think it’s a consistency thing,” Garrett said. “We come out against ranked teams, we’re focused and we play hard for the whole 40. That’s something we got to fix. We got to be more consistent. But we knew the challenge we had on our hands tonight. We just came out and played hard and played together for the entire 40 minutes and we came out with the win. So hopefully we can use this as a stepping stone and continue to play together and continue to play hard and turn one win into three or four in a row.”
DePaul plays at Creighton (14-8, 5-4) this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.