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DePaul Hosts St. John's on Hall of Fame Weekend

Jan. 18, 2013

St. John's Gameday Article

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TV: The U Too (WCIU-DT2) | Radio: WSCR 670 AM
Online Video: ESPN3 | Online Audio: BlueTube

CHICAGO - DePaul looks to snap its two-game skid on Saturday morning in a BIG EAST Conference game against St. John's. The Blue Demons and Red Storm are scheduled for an 11 a.m. start at Allstate Arena in the 30th meeting between the two programs.

The game will be televised in Chicago on The U Too (WCIU-DT2) as part of the BIG EAST Network with Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) handling the television duties. The broadcast is also available online at ESPN3. 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 stands at 10-7 overall and 1-3 in the BIG EAST while St. John's holds a 10-7 overall record and 2-3 mark in league play. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at DePaul and his 25th as a head coach at the collegiate level. St. John's Steve Lavin is in his third season leading the Red Storm.

Following the St. John's game, DePaul travels to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a 4 p.m. ET game against the Panthers. The game can be seen on The U Too (BIG EAST Network) and heard on WSCR 670 AM.

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.

Brundy and Greene Highlight Hall of Fame Weekend: Among the Hall of Fame inductees are men's basketball standouts Stanley Brundy and Terence Greene. The duo was an NCAA tournament fixture in their identical four-year careers (1985-89). Twice they helped the Blue Demons advance to the Sweet 16 and twice to the NCAA Second Round.

Brundy is the all-time leader in field goal percentage, fourth in steals, fifth in blocked shots, ninth in rebounds and 16th in points. Brundy averaged 19.5 points and 10.2 rebounds his senior year and is just one of four Blue Demons to average a double-double for a season. He was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft. Greene is second all-time in appearances, fourth in assists and minutes played and seventh in free throw attempts.

Brundy and Greene will be honored this weekend along with women's basketball standout Rita Hale, softball star Cheryl O'Dekirk Katalinic, champion track hurdler Otis Dunson, the 1978 women's volleyball team and the Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award honoree Vic Cacciatore. The inductees will be recognized at the men's game against St. John's Saturday afternoon followed by the women's game against Providence on Saturday night. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,394-887 (.611) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 596 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 316-145 (.686) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 7-1 (.875) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... in each of Oliver Purnell's three seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-1 record in those games... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 15-3 (6-0 in 2012-13) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul has used seven different starting lineups this season... Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have started every game this season... DePaul is scheduled to have at least 27 games televised during the 2012-13 season.... on 12/12/12, No. 12 Cleveland Melvin scored 12 points at Arizona State... a year earlier on 11/11/11, No. 11 Jeremiah Kelly scored 11 points against UT-Pan American.

It Could Happen: A win snaps a six-game losing streak against St. John's... with six points, Cleveland Melvin passes Joey Meyer (1968-71, 1,233 pts.) for 24th on DePaul's all-time scoring list... Brandon Young needs 10 points to pass Andre Brown (2000-04, 1,146 pts.) for 34th place and 11 points to pass Quentin Richardson (1998-00, 1,147 pts.) for 33rd all-time at DePaul... with three three-pointers, Moses Morgan passes Kerry Hartfield (96 three's, 1998-00) for 16th all-time... with six three's, Morgan becomes the 16th player in program history with 100 career three-pointers... Donnavan Kirk needs three blocked shots to pass Quemont Greer (64 blocks, 2001-05) and Stephen Howard (1998-92) for 17th all-time.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 75-70 loss against Cincinnati on Jan. 15:
- Tuesday was the 50th all-time meeting between the two programs... Cincinnati leads the series by a 35-15 margin... the Bearcats have won five straight games in the series.
- DePaul gave up its largest lead of the season tonight of 11 points in the first half... previously, it was a 10-point lead at Chicago State on Dec. 5.
- Cincinnati's Cheikh Mbodj set a new Allstate Arena record for an opponent with seven blocked shots... as a team, Cincinnati tied the arena opponent record with a combined 12 rejections... Southern posted 12 blocked shots on Dec. 19, 2008.
- Cleveland Melvin recorded a career-high with 32 points... it is his second game this season and third of his career with 30 or more points.
- Melvin moved into 25th all-time on DePaul's scoring list.
- Over the last three games, Brandon Young is 17-for-18 (.944) from the free throw line.

Who's Next: The Blue Demons travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a 4 p.m. ET game... the Panthers are 14-4 overall and 2-3 in the BIG EAST entering Saturday's game against Connecticut... Pittsburgh also travels to Providence on Jan. 22 before playing the Blue Demons... Pittsburgh leads the all-time series by a  7-2 margin.