After what began as a promising season in October, the DePaul Blue Demons fell way short of expectations over the last few months. Tonight, their long struggling season finally came to an end.
The Blue Demons were the 14th and last seed in this year’s Big East Tournament in New York City. They took on Rutgers in the first round of this year’s tourney at Madison Square Garden.
Last month, DePaul defeated the 11th seeded Scarlet Knights on national television at the Allstate Arena. That was the only advantage the Demons had entering tonight’s contest.
Since then DePaul has lost their remaining regular season games. Oliver Purnell’s squad had some fight in them tonight as they went toe-to-toe with Rutgers in the first half. The Demons were only down 32-31 at halftime.
But as the story has been all season, the Demons fell apart in the second half. The saga continued as they were outscored 44-26 in the final frame. Brandon Young and Cleveland Melvin were the only bright spots tonight as they scored 15 and 25 points respectively.
Worrell Clahar got the start at point guard again tonight and he scraped up 9 points. However those points were only off of three-point shots. As for the other two starters, Charles McKinney and Donnavan Kirk could only combine for 4 points and 2-7 shooting.
The bench was no better as the only scoring came from shots by Moses Morgan and Jamee Crockett. As a team, the Blue Demons were only 22-53 from field goal range. They were also a miserable 3-18 from three-point range, and were out-rebounded 34-20.
DePaul finishes the season with a record of 11-21, and have now gone six straight seasons without a postseason berth. Oliver Purnell has a long and difficult off season ahead of him. In my next report, I will go more in depth about what lies ahead for DePaul from a personell stand point.
But for now, I can tell you that it’s not all bad. There is some light at the end of the tunnel. Especially since DePaul’s conference relocation is now official and should help the program down the line.
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