Millender and Mart'e Make Maggie Dixon Magic
Nov. 18, 2017
CHICAGO - Something had to give Saturday as No. 20 DePaul and Saint Louis took turns flying up and down the Wintrust Arena court.
It wasn't the Blue Demons who rallied from a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter for an 86-78 victory in the title game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.
All-tournament selection Mart'e Grays had a game-high 25 points and tournament MVP Ashton Millender scored 18 points in sparking the comeback. Another key piece to the inspiring win was all-tournament selection Chante Stonewall who contributed eight points and nine rebounds.
DePaul (3-1) had two others with double figures in Amarah Coleman (11) and Tanita Allen (10). Kelly Campbell came through with another stat-stuffing performance with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Down by seven after three quarters, a determined Blue Demon bunch opened the fourth quarter with 10 points in a row for a 65-62 lead. Millender had a three-point play, a three-point shot and a free throw in the burst.
DePaul maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the fourth quarter thanks to big plays and big shots from Grays, Millender and Stonewall.
The Billikens crept within 40-39 at the outset of the third quarter, but a 7-2 Blue Demon burst including four-straight from Stonewall restored a six-point advantage.
That's when Saint Louis went on the biggest run of the game, closing out the quarter outscoring the home team 21-8. The Billikens went into the fourth quarter ahead 62-55.
Coleman, Kelly Campbell and Grays made long-distance connections in the second quarter in helping the Blue Demons remain in front 37-31. Coach Doug Bruno's team made nine of its first 17 attempts from three-point range---nearly 53 percent.
Near the end of the quarter, the Billikens went on a 7-1 run to draw even at 38-38. Tanita Allen answered with a tip-in during the waning seconds for a 40-38 half time lead.
Grays had 13 points and Coleman 11 at the break while their team was converting at a 45 percent clip from long range.
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