2011 DePaul vs Chicago State
ROSEMONT: DePaul (6-3) defeated Chicago State (0-9) 102-95 behind the play of second-year guard Cleveland Melvin who finished the contest with 30.
“Team played with lack of energy,” said coach Oliver Purnell. “We knew Chicago State would not just layover and let us win even after we jumped out to a big lead in the first (half).”
The Blue Demons jumped out to an early double-digit lead and maintained as much as a 17 point lead (85-70) in the second half.
The Cougars were able to narrow the score in the first half to two points (49-47) after a technical foul was called against Blue Demons Brandon Young with 2:21 in the first half. From here, the Cougars nailed seven of eight free-throws. But in the second half, it was all DePaul. Young dropped 21 to spark the team.
Cougars were led by Matt Samuels with 20 followed by Lee Fisher who added 19.
Chicago State did not play a bad game overall. In the first half, they shot 16-30 (53.3%) and 22-45 (48.9%) in the second half compared to DePaul 17-39 (43.6%) in the first, and 18-37 (48.6%) in the second.
Cougars also showed great hustle in the first half despite their current record (0-9). If they can keep up this level of intensity, things will begin to turn around for them.
“The way we played is totally out of character,” concluded coach Purnell.
The Blue Demons came into this game after a BIG Chicagoland win against Loyola-Chicago (69-58) on Wednesday, while the Cougars, on the other hand, have been off for a week, concentrating on settling the team down and focusing on their game (Toledo 61-73). The Cougars will be traveling to Wichita State on December 14. DePaul travel to Northern Illinois on the same date.
This was both teams 10th time meeting and DePaul has won them all.
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