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Men's Basketball Balance Beats UAB



Box Score

 

By Kevin Brown, DePaul Sports Information

 

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The theme for the last two games has been DePaul opening up big leads and then being able to hold off the opponents last charge and Saturday was no different.

 

DePaul fought hard and showed a lot of heart down the stretch to beat UAB 75-64.  The Blue Demons have improved to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play, while the UAB Blazers fell to 9-5 and 2-1.

 

The Blue Demons had four players in double figures led by junior Quemont Greer’s 18 points while freshman Sammy Mejia added 16, Drake Diener 14 and Delonte Holland 10. UAB was led by Gabe Kennedy’s 15 points and 12 rebounds.

 

The Demons opened up to an 8-2 start and then built a sixteen-point lead in the first half, thanks to the hot shooting of Greer and Mejia. DePaul led 37-24 at halftime.

 

The Blazers came out in the second half on fire and cut the DePaul lead to three 60-57, before Drake Diener hit a clutch three pointer that gave DePaul a 63-57 lead with 5:40 to go in the game.  This sparked DePaul, gave them the lift they were looking for in the second half, and they were able to hit their free throws down to stretch to pull of an important win in the early season of C-USA play.

 

DePaul hits the road for a three-game C-USA road trip beginning on Tuesday by heading to Ft. Worth, Texas to take on TCU.  The 7 p.m. game will be broadcast on WSCR (670 AM).  Next Saturday, January 24, the Blue Demons will head north to take on the Golden Eagles of Marquette at 11 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPN+ and broadcast on WSCR (670 AM) in Chicago.

 

Notes

Marlon Brumfield played a career high 25 minutes and had a solid performance (five points, five rebounds and a one block)… DePaul has now held their last two opponents (Memphis and UAB) to below 40% from the field… DePaul is now 2-0 all-time in home games that start before Noon… DePaul’s win snapped a four-game UAB winning streak in the series.

 

Quotes

Quemont Greer

“UAB was getting us to do things we normally don’t do and we were making bad passes on the transition.

 

“Coach told us to be aggressive, don’t make lazy passes, but to play hard, be strong with the ball and not to lose aggression.”

 

“Everybody is going out there with their heads right, by playing hard and giving it their all.”

 

Sammy Mejia

“It (pressing defense) annoys you a little bit, but if you stay aggressive and attack it then someone will be open to make a basket.”

 

“We lost aggression for a moment and stopped attacking them.  Then we got back to doing that which is the reason why we won today.”

 

“We didn’t bond together when Andre (Brown) got hurt, but now we are getting in the flow of things, everyone is bonding together and things are looking good.”

 

“At the beginning of the season there were guys that weren’t aggressive and coach told us to use our talents and abilities. Now the team always thinks about that before each game, and that makes us focus on giving it our best and winning the game.”

 

Head Coach Dave Leitao

“I am very pleased at our overall effort today.  I think the coaches prepared our guys well by showing the guys where and how they would pressure us.” 

 

“In the first half we were successful at making good decisions and making good shots.”

 

“We got contributions from everybody and this is second game in a row where the opponent shot below 40% on us.”

 

“We lost our composure a little bit, but we didn’t break and we were able to reestablish ourselves by building on the lead.”

 

“Anytime you play a team where you have a freshman at the point they are going to pressure him and make him be good.  We hope that through some age that Sammy and Tyler will get better, and if you look at our structure we don’t have that 5-10 jet to get us down the court.  We just have to play together and get the ball down the court to break the press.”