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DePaul clips Chicago State in overtime

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By Brian Sandalow
Associated Press

   ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- DePaul is still unbeaten all-time against Chicago State, but the Cougars came pretty close Sunday to stealing one from the Blue Demons.
   Billy Garrett Jr. scored eight points in overtime as DePaul beat Chicago State 77-70, barely continuing its dominance of the Cougars.  The Blue Demons scored the first six points of the extra session boosted by a Charles McKinney layup and steal, before closing out the game to beat Chicago State for the 12th straight time, and got their first win in overtime since Nov. 8, 2009.
   "I thought they came in here with the recipe for an upset on the road, and that is to kind of hang in there, take some blows and hang in there, and wait for the home team to kind of let up some in the second half and make a move," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said. "Then all of a sudden, with four or five minutes to play, the pressure really shifts on the home team that's supposed to win, and that's exactly what happened today."
   DePaul (6-4) led by as many as 12 in the second half but Chicago State took the lead 59-58 with 5:10 left on a Matt Ross 3-pointer, capping off an 11-0 run.
   Chicago State then went ahead for the last time on Corey Gray's 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining, before Brandon Young made a free throw to tie the game at 62.
   Chicago State (4-6) then had a chance to take the lead with 17 seconds left in regulation but Quinton Pippen's running 3-pointer from the left wing was long, and DePaul rebounded. Cleveland Melvin then had a chance to win the game for DePaul, but his lay-up attempt with three seconds remaining was blocked, sending the game to overtime, where Garrett took over despite what had been a rough day for the freshman guard.
   Not that it bothered him in the extra frame.
   "I've been around the game for a long time. I think it has somewhat to do with my personality, just the kind of person I am," Garrett said. "I kind of struggled late in the second half. I had to stay focused. The encouragement from my teammates was great. All of those things put together we came out with a victory."
   Melvin scored 18 and added 11 rebounds, while Garrett had 17 for the Blue Demons, who have won two straight after losing three of four.
   Melvin, playing in his 100th career game, also passed Dallas Comegys (1,613) for seventh on the school's all-time scoring list and is nearing Stephen Howard (1,691) for sixth.
   Chicago State doesn't have the lineage or history of DePaul, and was trying to beat the Blue Demons for the first time after losing to them by an average of 23.5 points entering Sunday. A win would have been another positive sign for the CSU program, which won the final Great West Conference tournament title last season and has moved into the new-look Western Athletic Conference for this season.
   "This is an exciting time for our university, for our program and the direction that we are going in," said Chicago State coach Tracy Dildy, a former DePaul assistant. "We can come to a Big East university and compete, and that's definitely a sign of the direction and what's to come."
   The Cougars were led by Pippen and Nate Duhon's 18 points. After starting 2-1, Chicago State has lost five of seven and plays again Monday when it hosts Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
   Chicago State shot only 39 percent from the floor, and shot 13 free throws compared to DePaul's 40.
   That all helped the Blue Demons continue their control of Chicago State, a team that Pippen said was happy with its effort but not the outcome.
   "I know we came out here and gave it our all. Our team fought, we fought real hard," Pippen said. "This was a game we marked on our schedule. We really wanted to get after these guys and get this win. We lost, but my team fought hard and I'm proud of the way we fought today."
   In the end, it wasn't quite enough to get past DePaul, which got a spark early in overtime from McKinney, who was playing his second game after a two-game suspension.
   "Really just with coach putting me back in coming off my suspension I feel like I have to prove myself and get back rolling with the team and not stop this mission that we have," he said.

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