Thursday, March 6, 2003

DePaul 79, Louisville 76


Fast-fading Cardinals lose in OT

By Rick Gano
The Associated Press

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Even with the way things have been going for Louisville lately, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino couldn't believe it when he heard the whistle at the regulation buzzer Wednesday night. DePaul's Sam Hoskin was just as stunned.

Hoskin, fouled on a putback attempt, made two free throws with no time left in regulation to tie the game.

Granted a reprieve and given an overtime, the Blue Demons went on to upset No. 15 Louisville 79-76 on Drake Diener's 3-pointer with 19 seconds left.

"I'm sure he (Luke Whitehead) did push him. I asked the official to review it, but he said he couldn't," Pitino said after the Cardinals' fifth loss in seven games.

"I was shocked," said Hoskin, who stood at the free throw line by himself and swished the first and rolled in the second to force overtime.

"At the end of the game, I haven't ever seen that call. Ever."

Louisville (20-6, 10-5 Conference USA) had a 76-75 lead in overtime when Eric Brown hit a jumper and then DePaul's Andre Brown made just one of two free throws.

With a chance to increase the lead, Louisville's Reece Gaines missed an off-balance jumper before Diener worked loose and hit the 3-pointer to make it 78-76.

"I hadn't made many shots," Diener said. "No matter what you've done in the game before, you have to be ready to shoot."

The Cardinals then had three chances to tie, but Taquan Dean missed a jumper and tips by Marvin Stone and Kendall Dartez also were off before Diener got the rebound.

Diener then hit one of two free throws with 1.2 seconds left and DePaul (15-11, 7-8) had ended a 13-game losing streak to Louisville. The Cardinals had beaten DePaul 71-43 in January.

Dean hit his fourth 3-pointer of the second half with five seconds left in regulation, giving Louisville a 67-65 lead.

After a timeout, the Blue Demons inbounded the ball to Diener, whose jumper was off the mark, but Hoskin grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled by Whitehead.

Louisville argued the attempt by Hoskin came after the buzzer. Replays showed he had possession of the ball with two-tenths of a second left, but it was inconclusive if he was fouled before the buzzer.

"It was a chippy call," Dean said. "We thought the game was over and the referee thought he was fouled. It was a key situation and we didn't block out."

Dean led Louisville with 16 points, while Gaines, who shot just 3-of-13, and Erik Brown each had 15.

"We played our tails off on defense, but they dominated us on the boards. The offense wasn't the problem, the rebounding was," said Pitino, noting DePaul's whopping 48-28 edge on the boards.

"Ellis (Myles) would not have let that happen." Myles is out for the season after tearing up his right knee against Marquette.

Hoskin led DePaul with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Andre Brown and Delonte Holland each added 14 points.

Stone, who sat out one game as the NCAA studied whether he accepted benefits from a former AAU coach, returned to the team.

He was cleared Tuesday by the NCAA after the school had benched him for the previous game against East Carolina while the inquiry was ongoing. Stone didn't start but entered the game with 16:27 left in the first half. He finished with four points and six rebounds.

"It's a big relief to be back," Stone said. "It was a tough game and DePaul just played well. Sitting was hard because I didn't know if I'd play again or not.

"Now I need to get back to playing as well as I did earlier in the season."

LOUISVILLE (20-6)-Garcia 5-6 0-0 13, George 0-2 0-0 0, Dartez 3-6 0-3 6, Dean 6-11 0-0 16, Gaines 3-13 8-10 15, Northern 0-1 0-0 0, Naydenov 0-0 0-0 0, Stone 2-4 0-0 4, Whitehead 3-7 1-1 7, E.Brown 6-14 2-2 15, O'Bannon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-66 11-16 76.

DEPAUL (15-11)-Hoskin 7-14 7-7 21, Greer 3-5 0-0 7, A.Brown 5-11 4-6 14, Seals 3-7 1-2 7, Diener 3-7 1-2 9, London 1-5 3-4 5, Brooks 1-2 0-0 2, Holland 3-6 8-9 14, Tulley 0-2 0-0 0, Brumfield 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 24-30 79.

Halftime-DePaul 32-28. End of Regulation-Tied at 67. 3-Point goals-Louisville 9-31.(Dean 4-7, Garcia 3-4, E.Brown 1-7, Gaines 1-8, George 0-1, Dartz 0-1, Northern 0-1, Whitehead 0-1, O'Bannon 0-1), DePaul 3-9 (Diener 2-3, Greer 1-1, Holland 0-1, Tulley 0-2, Hoskin 0-2).




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