Men's Basketball Finishes Exhibition Season with 78-75 Win Over One World All-Stars
CHICAGO - In their final exhibition tune up before the season opener, the DePaul Blue Demons defeated the One World All-Stars, 78-75, at the DePaul Athletic Center Wednesday night. Junior Bobby Simmons was one of four players in double figures with 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Throughout the game, the Blue Demons featured their big lineup with Simmons playing on the wing. Simmons responded with his second double-double in as many games and Lance Williams finished the game with 14 points and nine boards.
"We still have a lot to learn and develop playing with our big team. We just need to get more practice time with it so we can get used to playing with a larger lineup," said Kennedy. "We've got a lack of cohesiveness so far. It's not a big thing though, we just need to get used to playing with three big kids and that will come as the season progresses.
In the first half, the Blue Demons trailed by as many as eight points before tying the game at 37-37 on a Williams' free throw with 38 seconds left. After halftime, neither team led by more than six points with DePaul keeping the advantage for most of the half.
With 10 seconds remaining in the game, the One World All-Stars had a chance to tie the game, but DePaul's defense forced a bad shot and Williams corralled the final rebound.
DePaul's two freshmen played a key role in the win with Andre Brown scoring a team-high 19 points and Imari Sawyer adding 13 points while dishing out 11 assists. In the first exhibition game, Brown scored 23 while Sawyer was credited with 15 assists.
"The minutes Imari and Andre have gotten have been great because it gives them a chance to become more comfortable with the game," said Kennedy....it's also been nice for Bobby since he's getting a chance get used to playing outside more.
The Blue Demons open the regular season on November 17 at the Allstate Arena when they host Lewis University. DePaul will travel north to play in the Great Alaskan Shootout and play Syracuse in the opening round.