March 6, 2008.
The economy was booming. Hillary Clinton had just won primaries in Texas and Ohio. And DePaul won its last regular-season game in the Big East.
But a little magic from junior forward Mike Stovall put an end to that ignominious streak Wednesday, as DePaul (8-10, 1-5 Big East) pulled off a last-second win over conference foe Marquette.
Up by four with 20 seconds on the clock, Marquette failed to seal the win at the free-throw line. After Lazar Hayward missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Blue Demons raced down the court, and Stovall drained a 3-pointer, narrowing the deficit to one.
On the next possession, David Cubillan of the Golden Eagles clanked another front-end. DePaul raced down the court, and Stovall worked his magic. Watch video of the game-winner below.
With powerhouses Villanova, Pitt, Syracuse, Georgetown and West Virginia, the Big East is arguably the most competitive basketball conference in the nation (ACC fans are doing most of the arguing). So while DePaul's prospects may not be looking that bright for this season, you've got to start somewhere.
And much like the rest of the country, DePaul's glad for a little good news to put an ugly 2009 behind them.