Feb. 18, 2018
NEWARK, N.J. – DePaul battled Seton Hall all afternoon, but couldn’t overtake the Pirates in an 82-77 loss at Prudential Center. Marin Maric scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Blue Demons.
The game opened in spirited fashion with both teams trading baskets. A layup by Brandon Cyrus gave DePaul a 23-21 lead with 8:19 left before halftime before Seton Hall put together a 17-3 run to build a 12-point lead. Two free throws by Myles Powell gave the Pirates a 38-26 advantage with just over three minutes on the clock.
DePaul (10-16, 3-11 BIG EAST) didn’t go away as the Blue Demons held Seton Hall scoreless while reeling off 10 straight points to end the opening frame. Tre’Darius McCallum sank a three-pointer from the corner with nine seconds left to make the score 38-36 at intermission. McCallum made the final four points of the run that also featured buckets from Eli Cain, Justin Roberts and Max Strus.
After Maric opened the second half with a layup to tie the game, Seton Hall (18-9, 7-7 BIG EAST) scored the next six points for a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the afternoon. DePaul stayed within striking distance as Seton Hall’s lead remained in single digits and a late run saw the Blue Demons move to within a possession of tying the game.
Trailing by nine points with 2:08 left, three free throws by Cain followed by a scooping layup and a free throw by Roberts pulled the Blue Demons with 77-74 in the final minute. After two free throws by Desi Rodriguez for Seton Hall, Strus drilled a three-pointer from the wing to pull the Blue Demons to within two points.
Needing to foul, DePaul sent Seton Hall’s Jordan Walker to the line and he made one of two shots to push the Pirate’s lead back to three points. On DePaul’s final possession, the Blue Demons came up empty before Rodriguez made two free throws to secure the win for Seton Hall.
Maric went 10-for-12 from the floor including a 2-of-3 effort from three-point range for his 23 points and eight rebounds. McCallum finished with 15 points and three steals while Strus totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Roberts had nine points, three rebounds and three assists and Cain scored nine with five assists and four rebounds.
Rodriguez led all scorers with 33 points while Angel Delgado finished with a 16-point, 19-rebound double-double for Seton Hall.
DePaul continues its two-game road trip at Villanova on Wednesday night. The Blue Demons and Wildcats are scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. ET start at Wells Fargo Arena on FS1 and 670 The Score.
- DePaul extended its streak to 765 straight games with a three-pointer.
- Eli Cain moved up to 37th place on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... Cain has 1,129 career points.
- Marin Maric passed career milestones of 1,300 points and 800 rebounds... he recorded his fifth game this season (14th career) of 20 or more points
- Max Strus moved into a tie for third on DePaul’s season three-point field goal list... he has 71 three’s this season.
- Seton Hall holds a 16-6 advantage in the series... the Pirates won both regular-season meetings this season and have won six straight in the series.