DePaul Dials it Up From Long Distance
Jan. 21, 2018
WASHINGTON – An aggressive start chock full of energy and intensity was paramount to the DePaul Blue Demons on Sunday at McDonough Arena.
DePaul opened up a close game by outscoring Georgetown 25-11 in the fourth quarter for a 78-62 BIG EAST victory in Our Nation’s Capital.
Mart’e Grays led the Blue Demons with 22 points and Amarah Coleman scored 16 points. Tanita Allen came through with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Ashton Millender chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds. Kelly Campbell finished with seven points, 11 rebounds and seven assists while Lauren Prochaska scored eight clutch points.
The leading three-point shooting team in the nation, DePaul was a sizzling 15-of-31 from long distance on Sunday.
It was tight down the stretch until an Allen three, a pair of Millender free throws and a Lauren Prochaska driving layup provided DePaul with a 62-54 lead with 7:21 left. It was the biggest advantage for either team in the second half.
A Coleman three followed by big baskets from Millender and Grays put DePaul in front 72-56.
DePaul (16-6, 7-2) was unable to recover from slow starts in recent losses to Marquette and Villanova.
This time, the Blue Demons opened the game hitting their first five shots including four from beyond the arc. Grays and Coleman each connected twice from deep and Grays added a layup.
Grays and Coleman combined to score 20 points as DePaul led 27-20 after one quarter. The Blue Demons shot 10-of-14 over the first 10 minutes including 7-of-8 from deep.
The BIG EAST teams basically traded baskets into the middle of the second quarter with DePaul maintaining a five-point lead.
Georgetown (8-11, 3-6) pulled even at 33-33 when Grays and Millender connected back-to-back from long distance and the Blue Demons went into their halftime locker room with a 39-35 lead. Grays had 16 points at the break, Coleman 11 and Campbell had six assists and five rebounds.
The Hoyas came within 46-43 midway through the third quarter. It was 53-51 DePaul going into the final 10 minutes.
The Blue Demons will have a well-deserved week off to prepare for a pivotal BIG EAST showdown on Monday, Jan. 29 when first-place Marquette comes to McGrath-Phillips Arena.
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