DePaul Finishes Strong on Field Trip Day
Dec. 4, 2017
CHICAGO - Wintrust Arena was rocking on Monday with 4,000 energetic school children screaming their support for the Blue Demons.
Riding that high-decibel wave of enthusiasm, DePaul in turn rocked North Side rival Loyola 88-47 in its first game since Thanksgiving weekend.
Kelly Campbell led the way with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Amarah Coleman added 15 points and six rebounds while Deja Cage came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points in just nine minutes of playing time.
The Blue Demons recovered from a sluggish start and opened the third quarter with an 8-0 burst for a 43-25 lead. Coleman's three midway through the period made it 48-29.
Outscoring the visiting team 26-9 in the third quarter gave DePaul control with a 61-33 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
After not playing in more than a week, DePaul (6-2) looked a little rusty early on as Loyola (1-6) led 16-13 after one quarter.
The Ramblers scored first in the second quarter, and that was when the Blue Demons went on an 11-0 run as Dee Bekelja hit a three-pointer and Campbell followed with back-to-back threes for a 24-18 lead.
An 11-4 burst provided the home team with a 35-23 advantage near the end of the second quarter. It was 35-25 at the break as Campbell and Grays had eight points.
Up next for DePaul is its most daunting challenge when undefeated No. 1/1 Connecticut comes to town Friday for a 6 p.m. game at Wintrust Arena.
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