Blue Demons Stop Saint Louis
LAS VEGAS -- Mac Koshwal had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead DePaul to a 65-61 victory over Saint Louis in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Classic on Monday night at the Orleans Arena.
Koshwal's basket with 2:53 left put the Blue Demons up for good, 52-51.
Kevin Lisch led Saint Louis (6-5) with 19 points and freshman guard Kwamain Mitchell tied his career high with 16 points and had five rebounds and five assists.
The Blue Demons' largest lead was 31-22 with 4:17 left in the first half and they led 33-27 at halftime. Saint Louis took its first lead at 44-43 with 8:22 left in the contest.
Mac Koshwal recorded the eighth double-double of his career and the third of the season.
Mario Stula scored his first collegiate points with a three-point field goal in the first half.
Devin Hill now has 10 blocked shots in his last three games and 26 for the season (last season Mac Koshwal led DePaul with 24 the entire season).
DePaul shot a season-best .720 (18-25) from the free throw line.
The victory was DePaul’s first of the season when trailing with five minutes to play, the Blue Demons had been 0-3 prior to this evening.
The Blue Demons are now 6-2 when holding opponents under 70 points.