The scene after a mini-brawl midway through the second half.
History seems to keep repeating itself for the DePaul Blue Demons as tonight another second half breakdown winds up costing them the game. DePaul had led UConn 37-34 at halftime.
When the second half began, the Demons initially picked up where the left off. After getting ahead 49-47, the Demons started to miss shots and UConn was able to turn them into points.
They went on a 10-0 run and left DePaul scoreless for two whole minutes. UConn’s Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatwright, and Omar Calhoun led the charge and began to hit one shot after another.
After Connecticut went up by 10 midway through, the Blue Demons got desperate and started taking shots at will with little success. UConn went on another run of 8-5 and never looked back.
The Huskies shot 11-22 from three point range, 30-50 from the field, forced 11 turnovers. DePaul still made a valiant defensive effort despite their short comings on offense.
The Demons forced 17 UConn turnovers with 14 of those turnovers coming from steals. They also had some blocked shots and they kept UConn out of the paint.
Of course the Huskies would adjust by going nuts from the three point line. Oliver Purnell’s team was unable to stop Connecticut from hitting those shots as they kept finding open guys in pressure situations.
Eventually the Demons defense looked lost out there. And before you knew it, UConn’s biggest lead was 20 points. It was a rough day for both the Blue Demons and the 8,660 fans who showed up in force tonight.
Tonight was the last chance for the Demons to salvage their forgettable season. Now it’s just about trying to finish the season on a positive note.
Next up for DePaul is their second to last home game of the 2012-2013 season when the Louisville Cardinals come to Rosemont on Wednesday night.
After that the Blue Demons finsh the regular season on the road with games at South Florida and Syracuse, then come home to wrap things up with Pittsburgh.
After that it’s onto to New York City for the Big East Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Here is the box score from tonight’s game: And here is what Coach Purnell had to say after the game:
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