Nov. 7, 2010
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CHICAGO - DePaul fell behind a red-hot shooting Lewis team and couldn't recover in a 70-68 loss Sunday evening at McGrath Arena. The exhibition game concluded the preseason schedule for the Blue Demons heading into the season-opener next Sunday against Chicago State.
Lewis shot nearly 70 percent from the field in the first half to build a double-digit lead and take a 39-27 advantage into halftime.
DePaul opened the game with an 11-5 lead before the Flyers scored 14 straight points to take a 19-11 advantage on a three-pointer by Dennis Thomas midway through the first half. The Flyers went 16-for-23 from the field in the first half, including a 6-of-10 effort from behind the arc.
Lewis increased its advantage to 15 points early in the second half before DePaul started to turn the momentum in its favor. Jeremiah Kelly found Krys Faber under the basket to cut the deficit to 63-60 with just under five minutes remaining.
The two teams traded baskets over the final four minutes with Brandon Young's scooping lay-up in traffic made the score 70-68 with just over a minute on the clock.
Cleveland Melvin forced a turnover with one of DePaul's 13 steals on the night to give DePaul a final opportunity. However, Mike Stovall's three-point attempt went off the rim and the Flyers grabbed the rebound.
Five DePaul players reached double-figures led by Stovall's 13 points. Faber added 11 points and five rebounds while Tony Freeland came off the bench with 11 points and five boards. Kelly and Young each scored 10 points with Kelly adding four assists and Young recording five steals.
Chris McClellan led Lewis with 17 points that included a 4-of-5 effort from behind the arc while Thomas added 14 points.
DePaul opens the regular season next Sunday at McGrath Arena against Chicago State. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start and can be heard on WSCR 670 AM with Zach Zaidman and Laurence Holmes.