Nov. 25, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A run by 12th-ranked Wichita State in midway through the first half proved to be the difference as the Shockers knocked off DePaul, 90-72, in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. With the loss, DePaul faces Texas in the consolation game on Tuesday night.
DePaul trailed by six points before Billy Garrett Jr. knocked down a three-pointer and a lay-up on back-to-back possessions to move the Blue Demons to within a point at 22-21 with just under 10 minutes left the first half.
Wichita State (6-0) scored 16 straight points over the next four minutes and opened up a 38-21 advantage on a lay-up by Tekele Cotton forcing DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell to take a time out.
Two free throws by Charles McKinney moved DePaul (3-2) to within a dozen points, but the Shockers scored the final six points of the opening frame to take a 52-34 lead into intermission.
The second half played even, but the deficit was too much to overcome for the Blue Demons. DePaul would get as close as 13 on a Brandon Young lay-up with 10:39 left, but Wichita State responded and extended the margin to as much as 25 points in the final minutes.
Young led the Blue Demons with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists while Tommy Hamilton IV added 14 points that included a 3-of-4 effort from three-point range.
Ron Baker led all scorers with 21 points for Wichita State and Cotton added 17 and seven boards.
DePaul faces Texas in the consolation game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Longhorns dropped an 86-82 decision to BYU in the opening game on Monday at the Sprint Center.
Notes: Brandon Young (1,457 pts.) passed Rod Strickland for 13th on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... he played in his 99th career game... the loss against Wichita State knots the all-time series at 4-4... the Shockers have defeated the Blue Demons in regular-season tournament in consecutive years following last year’s game at the Cancun Challenge... DePaul is now 120-44 all-time against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference.