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DePaul Hosts St. John's in Tuesday Night Showdown in Rosemont

Jan. 13, 2014


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Tuesday, Jan. 14 | 6 p.m.
Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.
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Radio: WSCR 670 AM | Online Audio: BlueTube | Mobile Audio App: DePaul Athletics
Pregame Video: Purnell, Young, Melvin and Garrett Interviews

CHICAGO - DePaul returns to Rosemont to host St. John's in a BIG EAST Conference game on Tuesday night. Start time in Rosemont is 6 p.m. The Blue Demons are looking to put together back-to-back conference wins following last Thursday's double-overtime victory at Butler.

Tuesday's game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Greg Kelser (analyst) handling the television duties. DePaul's radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM, on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com and on DePaul's mobile app. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com while in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.

DePaul enters the game at 9-8 overall and 1-3 in conference play after the 99-94 win at Butler on Jan. 9. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. St. John's is 9-6 overall and 0-3 in the BIG EAST and is led by Steve Lavin who is in his fourth season leading the Red Storm.

Following the St. John's game, DePaul travels to sixth-ranked Villanova for a Saturday afternoon contest against the Wildcats. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET start on FOX Sports Networks and WSCR 670 The Score. Locally in the Chicago, the game will be televised on WPWR.

DePaul-St. John's Share Common Mission: DePaul and St. John's are two of four universities in the world founded by the Vincentians. DePaul, St. John's and Niagara were founded in the 19th century in the United States and Adamson University, located in Manila, Philippines, was acquired by the Vincentians in 1964.

All four schools are based on the Vincentian values of service, justice, charity and advocacy and provide a college education to many first-generation college students.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,404-909 (.607) all-time... the 80-71 win at Milwaukee on Nov. 19 was game No. 2,300 in program history since the first fully-recognized season in 1923-24... men's basketball was played at DePaul prior to that season but records are incomplete... the 81-70 win over Florida Atlantic on Dec. 12 was win No. 1,400 since start of 1923-24 season... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 628 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 322-154 (.677) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 8-1 (.889) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... in each of Oliver Purnell's three-plus seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons are 9-1 against Chicagoland opponents (Chicago State, Illinois-Chicago, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Illinois, Northwestern)... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 21-3 - including 13 straight wins (6-0 in 2012-13/6-0 in 2013-14) - when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul's 2013-14 roster includes nine players from the Chicagoland area.


The Opponent: St. John's stands at 9-6 overall and 0-3 in the BIG EAST following a 74-66 loss against No. 8/10 Villanova at Xavier on Jan. 11... D'Angelo Harrison leads the team with 18.7 points per game and 28 three-pointers... JaKarr Sampson adds 11.9 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game... head coach Steve Lavin is in his fourth season at St. John's... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 0-5 all-time against St. John's.

The Series: Tuesday is the 32nd all-time meeting between the two programs... the Red Storm holds a 17-14 advantage in the series... St. John's has won the last eight meetings include a season series sweep last year... the Red Storm posted a 71-62 decision at Allstate Arena on Jan. 19 followed by a 79-74 overtime win over DePaul at Carnesecca Arena on Jan. 30.

The Last Meeting
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Blue Demons Drop Overtime Heartbreaker to St. John's
In a classic back-and-forth battle between DePaul and St. John's, the Red Storm outlasted the Blue Demons in a 79-74 overtime decision on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena. Brandon Young led four players in double-figures with a game-high 21 points while Cleveland Melvin added a 13-rebound, 10-point double-double.

The Last Meeting: St. John's outlasted DePaul in a 79-74 overtime game at Carnesecca Arena on Jan. 30, 2013... following a 69-69 tie at the end of regulation, the Red Storm outscored the Blue Demons by a 10-5 margin in the overtime period... Brandon Young scored 21 points to lead DePaul... Jamee Crockett added 14 and Cleveland Melvin posted a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double... D'Angelo Harrison led five St. John's players in double-figures with 17 points... Phil Greene IV and JaKarr Sampson added 13... Jamal Branch and Sir'Dominic Pointer each scored 11... DePaul outrebounded St. John's, 52-39, but committed 18 turnover to just five for the Red Storm.


It Could Happen: Cleveland Melvin (281 FT) needs five free throws to move into 20th on the all-time free throw list... he enters the St. John's game trailing Jesse Nash (284 FT, 1961-65) for 21st and M.C. Thompson (285 FT, 1960-63) for 20th place... with eight rebounds, Melvin (691 rebs.) passes David Booth (698 rebs., 1988-92) for 17th place... Melvin also needs one steal for 100 in his career... Brandon Young (1,607 pts.) needs seven points to pass Dallas Comegys (1,613 pts., 1983-87) for eighth on the all-time scoring list... a win gives DePaul back-to-back BIG EAST wins for the first time since Jan. 2008... that team started BIG EAST play with wins over Villanova and Providence... a win snaps an eight-game losing streak against St. John's.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 99-94 double-overtime win at Butler on Jan. 9:
- DePaul is 37-38 all-time in overtime games and 2-0 this season... the game was the 17th in program history of two or more overtime periods... DePaul's last multi-OT game was a 90-82 loss in triple overtime against St. John's on March 5, 2010... DePaul last multi-OT win was a 76-69 double overtime win against Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18, 2004.
- Under Oliver Purnell, DePaul is 21-3 - including 13 straight wins - when scoring 80 or more points... the Blue Demons are 6-0 this season with 80 or more in a game.
- Cleveland Melvin scored at least 30 for the fourth time in his career... Melvin (691 rebs.) passed Jim Flemming (689 rebs., 1958-61) for 18th on the all-time rebound list... he also moved into fourth on the blocked shots list.
- Billy Garret Jr.'s 22 points were a career high and his first 20-point game.
- Tommy Hamilton IV posted career highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds in his second career double-double.
- The win snapped a season-high three-game losing streak.
- The game was the first between DePaul and Butler in BIG EAST play... DePaul leads the series, 6-1... Thursday was the first meeting since Feb. 1981.

Trending: In the last eight games, the Blue Demons have totaled 50 blocked shots (6.3 bpg)... four different players have recorded seven double-doubles this season... since the 2002-03 season, four teams have featured at least four players with a double-double... the 2003-04 squad had five (Andre Brown, Drake Diener, Quemont Greer, Delonte Holland, Sammy Mejia) with at least one double-double... DePaul has outrebounded its opponent in 12 games with a 9-3 record in those games... the Blue Demons outrebounded the opponent in 12 games (8-4 record) in the entire 2012-13 season.

Extra Frames: The Blue Demons are 2-0 this season when playing in overtime and 37-38 in program history. Prior to the wins over Chicago State and Butler in extra play, DePaul had dropped eight straight overtime games dating back to Nov. 2009.

DePaul's 77-70 overtime win over Chicago State on Dec. 15 snapped the eight-game losing streak and was the first overtime victory for Oliver Purnell at DePaul. Previously, the last overtime victory was a 68-66 game at Detroit on Nov. 28, 2009.

The 99-94 double-overtime win at Butler on Jan. 9 was just the 17th game in program history of two or more overtime periods. DePaul's last multi-OT game was a 90-82 loss in triple overtime against St. John's on March 5, 2010 and the last multi-OT win was a 76-69 double-overtime decision against Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18, 2004.

Who's Next: DePaul travels to sixth-ranked Villanova for a Saturday afternoon game at The Pavilion... Villanova leads the all-time series by a 16-8 margin... a year ago, the Wildcats defeated DePaul, 91-74, on Feb. 5 at Allstate Arena... the game can be seen on FOX Sports Networks that includes WPWR in Chicago and heard on WSCR 670 AM.