Jan. 14, 2012
Box Score | Postgame Notes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – DePaul dropped its third straight BIG EAST road game in a 76-59 loss at No. 14/15 Louisville on Saturday. The Blue Demons were ice cold from the field, but were able to cut the deficit to five points with seven minutes remaining after trailing by as many as 16 points.
Louisville (14-4, 2-3 BIG EAST) used an early 11-0 run to seize control against DePaul with two free throws by Russ Smith giving the Cardinals an 18-5 advantage with just under 14 minutes left in the first half.
DePaul (10-7, 1-4 BIG EAST) chipped away and Cleveland Melvin’s three-pointer at the first half buzzer cut the deficit to 39-30.
The Cardinals held a double-digit lead until Worrel Clahar found Derrell Robertson Jr. under the basket to pull the Blue Demons within five at the 7:11 mark. With DePaul trailing, 54-43, Clahar hit back-to-back three-pointers followed by another three from Moses Morgan. After two free throws by Chris Smith, Clahar dished to Robertson under the basket to move the score to 56-51.
Louisville answered and put the game away with 9-2 run to hold off the Blue Demons.
Brandon Young scored 14 points for DePaul and was the only player in double-figures for the Blue Demons. Clahar added nine and four others scored eight points.
Russ Smith led Louisville with 25 points and Chris Smith added 20 while Gorgui Dieng put together a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double.