DePaul Comes Up Short Against Providence
Jan. 12, 2018

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CHICAGO - On a night that featured an all-access, commercial-free broadcast on FS1, visiting Providence outlasted DePaul, 71-64, at Wintrust Arena. Marin Maric led the Blue Demons with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Providence took an 11-point lead midway through the first half before DePaul came back and held a 35-34 advantage at halftime. The Blue Demons held the Friars without a field goal over the final eight minutes of the first half and extended the lead to 12 points by scoring the first 11 points of the second half.

However, Providence answered with a 22-0 run in the middle of the second half to erase the deficit and build a 56-46 lead on a Rodney Bullock bucket with 9:48 left in the game.

Trailing by 13 points with just over four minutes left, DePaul (8-9, 1-4 BIG EAST) closed with an 11-1 run that saw back-to-back three-pointers by Eli Cain and Max Strus to make the score 67-64 with 1:40 left on the clock.

The Blue Demons forced a turnover, but came up short on the final possession and Providence scored the final four points of the game.

Maric led DePaul with 15 points while Cain and Tre'Darius McCallum added 10 points apiece. Strus added eight points, nine rebounds and four assist and Jaylen Butz finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Providence (12-6, 3-2 BIG EAST) was led by Jalen Lindsey with a game-high 18 points while Alpha Diallo added 16 points for the Friars.

DePaul returns to action Monday as the Blue Demons travel to Milwaukee for an 8 p.m. tip at Marquette. The game can be seen on FS1 and heard on WIND 560 AM in Chicago.

Postgame Notes

  • Eli Cain passed Al Burks (1969-73, 1,003 points) to move into 49th place on DePaul's all-time scoring list... with the 10 points he recorded his 50th career game in double-figures.
  • Marin Maric posted his 10th game of the season in double-figures
  • Max Strus scored less than 10 points for just the second time this season... he totaled a season-low six points against Central Connecticut on Dec. 6.
  • Friday was the 39th meeting between the two programs... Providence holds a 29-10 advantage in the series... the two team play again on Feb. 10 at the Dunkin Donuts Center.



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