In the sports world, the idea of a “moral victory” means next to nothing for people like DePaul head coach Dave Leitao. However, if there was ever a team that has had its share of moral victories this season, it’s certainly his Blue Demons.
While their 1-8 Big East record doesn’t exactly scream “progress,” three of those losses came by a combined 7 points against Villanova, Butler, and Georgetown. It’s no consolation for the Blue Demons, but it’s a vital sign of progress within the program.
When asked about this run of close losses, Leitao said the Blue Demons “have to continue to work,” adding “we have to be better throughout the first 38 minutes.”
The Blue Demons had a chance to tie the game late, but Tre’Darius McCallum’s missed three pointer with 9.7 seconds left in the game sealed their fate. Offensively, Eli Cain and Billy Garrett Jr. again carried the Blue Demons offense with 19 and 25 points, respectively.
Tonight was an especially special night for Billy Garrett Jr, as he broke the DePaul career record for free throws with his 529th free throw of his career. Asked about his achievement, Garrett Jr. said “it feels good. It’s an honor to have a record.” Garrett admitted that he missed a crucial free throw down the stretch that would have put DePaul ahead 72-69 with 1:59 left in the game.