Furious Fourth Quarter Rally Falls Short
Nov. 10, 2017

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CHICAGO - Despite a furious rally that nearly overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter, No. 25/20 DePaul came up short Friday night in its season opener.

The Blue Demons fell 94-88 to a Northern Colorado team that made 33 of 37 free throws.

Trailing 76-63, DePaul began cutting into the deficit until back-to-back Ashton Millender baskets brought the home team within 80-77 with 2:34 left and a rowdy McGrath-Phillips Arena crowd sensing a momentum swing.

But Northern Colorado recovered behind a stellar performance from Savannah Scott (35 points) to stave off the late rally.

Tanita Allen led the Blue Demons with 17 points and nine rebounds. The five DePaul players in double figures included Amarah Coleman (16), Ashton Millender (14), Kelly Campbell (13) and Mart'e Grays had 12 points.

All the full-court pressure and scrambling the game in the fourth quarter eventually took its toll, especially with fouls. Coleman, Allen, Campbell and Chante Stonewall all had to depart in the fourth quarter after five fouls.

With 1:02 remaining, the Blue Demons trailed 84-80, and the Bears would hold on from there.

DePaul led 43-41 at halftime, and the third quarter opened with both teams combining to hit five 3-pointers in the first six baskets.

Courtesy of a 13-0 run, the Bears held the largest lead of the game at 63-49 midway through the third quarter. Smith sparked Northern Colorado with 14 points in the quarter as DePaul entered the fourth quarter trailing 69-57.

The Blue Demons are back in action Monday to face No. 22/21 Oklahoma with a 7 p.m. tip at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

* DePaul is now 33-11 all-time in season openers and 26-6 in home openers.

* The Blue Demons have won nine of their last 11 season openers and coach Doug Bruno is 24-8 in the first game.

* This was the first meeting between DePaul and Northern Colorado.

* The last time the Blue Demons lost a season opener was 2014, falling 76-68 to No. 5/5 Texas A&M.

* Northern Colorado set a McGrath-Phillips record for opponent free throws with 33. The previous mark was 27 by Southern Mississippi on Feb. 2, 2001.



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