Blue Demons Host Lewis in Exhibition Contest
Oct. 28, 2013
CHICAGO - DePaul plays its lone exhibition game of the 2013-14 preseason Tuesday night against the Lewis Flyers. The game is the second half of a DePaul basketball exhibition doubleheader with the women’s team facing Saint Xavier at 6 p.m. Both games will be at McGrath-Phillips Arena on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus.
Young and Melvin are on pace to finish their careers among the top scorers in program history. Melvin - the 2011 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year - is No. 12 on DePaul’s all-time scoring list with 1,458 points while Young is tied for 16th with 1,378 points. Young led the Blue Demons and was sixth in the BIG EAST in scoring last season followed by Melvin in seventh in the conference scoring rankings.
Overall, the Blue Demons return nearly 70 percent of the scoring, 52 percent of the rebounding and just under 60 percent of the minutes played from last season.
Another Chicagoland native, DeJuan Marrero (Gary, Ind.), missed the entire 2012-13 campaign after suffering a knee injury in the second week of practice.
The nine Chicagoland members on the roster include Jamee Crockett (Chicago, Ill.), R.J. Curington (Dyer, Ind.), Cory Dolins (Northbrook, Ill.), Billy Garrett Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), Tommy Hamilton IV (Chicago, Ill.), Myke Henry (Chicago, Ill.), DeJuan Marrero (Gary, Ind.), Charles McKinney (Evanston, Ill.) and Peter Ryckbosch (Chicago, Ill.).
The eighth state of Illinois native is Champaign’s Edwind McGhee.
In addition to Illinois, four states and two countries are also represented on DePaul’s roster with Curington and Marrero from Indiana, Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young from Maryland, Nevada’s Durrell McDonald and Forrest Robinson from Texas. Sandi Marcius is a native of Nedelisce, Croatia and Greg Sequele is from Sainte-Rose, Guadeloupe.
DePaul’s freshman class of R.J. Curington, Billy Garrett Jr., Tommy Hamilton IV and DeJuan Marrero will be seniors in the first season of play at the new facility.
The BIG EAST roster will include Butler University, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University.
The league’s conference tournament will be held at Madison Square Garden with television partner FOX Sports providing nationwide coverage of the conference year-around on FOX Sports 1.
The conference schedule will consist of 18 games with each school playing home-and-away games against the other nine teams.
DePaul opens the 2013-14 conference schedule on New Year’s Eve at Georgetown. The game is part of a five-game marathon of BIG EAST basketball on FOX Sports 1 that starts at Noon ET with St. John’s at Xavier and ends with a 10 p.m. ET game with Marquette at Creighton. DePaul and Georgetown are scheduled for 5 p.m. ET start in Washington, D.C.
The Berlin, Md., native started his head coaching career at Radford and compiled a 44-42 mark over three seasons before accepting the head coach position at his alma mater, Old Dominion, in 1991. Purnell led the Monarchs to three postseason appearances (1 NCAA, 2 NIT) and a three-year record of 57-33.
In nine seasons at Dayton, Purnell laid the foundation for the Flyers’ success and posted 88 wins over his final four years at the Ohio school before moving on to Clemson for a seven-year stint from 2003-10. While at Clemson, the Tigers were a regular in the Top 25 polls while making six postseason appearances. After finishing with a 155-116 record at Dayton, Purnell compiled a 138-88 record at Clemson. Only North Carolina and Duke posted higher winning percentages among ACC programs over his final four seasons with the Tigers.
Now entering his 26th season, Purnell holds a career record of 424-343. In three DePaul seasons, he holds a 30-64 record.
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