ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Tommy Hamilton scored 20 points and blocked Norfolk State’s final shot to help DePaul take an 82-78 victory on Monday in the seventh-place game at the Paradise Jam.
Zaynah Robinson scored to get the Spartans within 79-78 with 19 seconds to go. Aaron Simpson made a free throw for DePaul to make it 80-78. Robinson then drove to the hoop but Hamilton blocked his shot. Simpson came up with the ball, was fouled and made both free throws with three seconds remaining.
Hamilton had tied the game with a basket and Billy Garrett’s 3-pointer gave the Blue Demons a 79-76 advantage.
Garrett finished with 22 points and Simpson 12 for DePaul (2-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak.
D’Shon Taylor had 23 points, Charles Oliver 20 and Jeff Short 16 for the Spartans (1-4), who made a school-record 14 3-pointers, 10 in the second half to erase a 14-point deficit.
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