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Around The Big East: 1.23.15

Well, the world is back to not spinning properly on its axis again...

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

DePaul 64, #24 Seton Hall 60 - And now, with their third true road win, and their FOURTH top 50 KenPom win, DePaul finds themselves back in a tie for first place in the Big East at 5-2.

You know that old saying, "May you live in interesting times?"  Yeah, this is it.

DePaul hadn't won a game against a top 25 ranked opponent since 2008, and hadn't done that one the road since 2005.  Yet somehow, they pulled this one off even though the Blue Demons were down eight with five minutes to play.  DePaul used an 8-1 run from that point to cut the lead to just one point with three minutes left.

That's when Billy Garrett fouled out.  Brandon Mobley made the ensuing free throws, and now DePaul was down three with 2:47 left and without their best player.  Shouldn't happen, right?  DePaul closed the game on a 9-2 run, though, with buckets from Rashaun Stimage and Derrick Wood, plus a whole bunch of split pairs of free throws that had to make Oliver Purnell waaaaay more nervous than he needed to be coming down those final few seconds.

Angel Delgado had 19 points for the Pirates to lead all scores, and more impressively, he also grabbed 19 rebounds.  Myke Henry scored 14 points with half of those coming from the charity stripe and grabbed a DePaul high eight rebounds.  Head on over to South Orange Juice to help welcome them to the "Lost To DePaul This Season" club.

Providence 69, Xavier 66 (OT) - Ok, at least this makes sense.  Xavier scored the final nine points of regulation over the last 1:41 to force overtime.  It probably shouldn't have gotten to that point as Myles Davis scored the tying bucket with 28 seconds left, but the only shot that Providence was able to get off was a Carson Desrosiers three point attempt as time expired.

LaDontae Henton had five straight points to lead all overtime scorers, including the traditional three point play to give the Friars the lead for good with 26 seconds left.  Henton led everyone in the game overall with 24 points and added 10 rebounds, too.  Kris Dunn continued to be awesome, scoring 20 points on 6-12 shooting and 7-10 from the free throw line, but that wasn't the best part.  Dunn grabbed 10 rebounds, too, and added eight assists and three steals, too.

Three Musketeers scored in double digits, and two of them had double-doubles.  Matt Stainbrook had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jalen Reynolds came off the bench to score 14 points and grab 13 rebounds.  Banners On The Parkway can give you perspective from the losing end, and give a try for the Friars side of things.