The Final Score:
After an uptempo first half in which DePaul kept up with Villanova every step of the way, the second half was a completely different story. The Blue Demons missed their first few shots and the Wildcats were able to turn them into points.
Eventually Villanova got on a 21-10 run and put DePaul’s back against the wall. That wall would crumble and fall as the game went on and things only got worse.
At one point DePaul didn’t score for three minutes in the second half, and in that same time frame Villanova scored 15 points. Donnavan Kirk and Darrel Robertson saw significantly less playing time in the second half because of foul trouble.
Villanova used their size advantage to take control of the paint in the absence of DePaul’s big men. Midway through the half fans started leaving the Allstate Arena in frustration of DePaul’s failures tonight.
There were even negative chants directed towards Demons head coach Oliver Purnell. There were some questionable calls by the officials during tonight’s game, but those calls did nothing to effect the outcome of this contest.
Blue Demons forward Cleveland Melvin gave a valiant effort as he led his team in scoring with 19 points. Jamee Crockett, the other forward finished second with 16.
Brandon Young pitched in with 11, and Worrell Clahar scored 12 which were all earned by three point shots. Despite decent outside shooting by the Demons, it was the inside scoring and defense that suffered tonight.
Without Kirk and Robertson, DePaul was outscored in the paint 42-10. They were also out-rebounded 33-27. The Wildcats also scored 22 points off of 16 Demon turnovers.
Overall it ended up being another bad night for the DePaul Blue Demons as they drop their seventh in-a-row by the final score of 94-71. This is the second time this season in which the Demons gave up 90 or more points.
They are now 10-12 overall, 1-7 in the Big East. Villanova breaks their losing streak and they are now 13-9 overall, 4-5 in the Big East. After the game DePaul forward Jamee Crocket said “We were a little exhausted, but that’s no excuse. We didn’t execute, we didn’t follow the game plan, and we didn’t play well”.
Cleveland Melvin told reporters “We can’t think about this game too much. We gotta worry about the next game and get ready for Marquette. We need to just stick to the game plan. If we can get better on defense, our game plan will work.”
DePaul will indeed make the trip up I-94 to take on Marquette this Saturday. Villanova returns to Philadelphia to take on South Florida this weekend. DePaul cannot afford anymore than one more less if they are to have any chance a t postseason berth.
Here the post-game press conferences for both DePaul and Villanova:
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