DePaul Remains Unbeaten in the BIG EAST
Dec. 30, 2017
CHICAGO – As the Blue Demons stepped onto the Doug Bruno Court Saturday night, they were shooting for an encore performance to their exciting BIG EAST opener.
Just 48 hours after knocking off Seton Hall, DePaul followed up with a 76-67 victory over a dangerous St. John’s team that had taken BIG EAST preseason favorite Marquette into overtime before losing its conference opener.
It would not be easy to match the 19 three-pointers the Blue Demons made on Thursday night that tied a program record.
Instead, Mart'e Grays came through with a game-high 18 points and Kelly Campbell was one assist shy of a second consecutive triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists while also adding four steals at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
St. John’s (7-6, 0-2 in BIG EAST) jumped out to a 12-7 lead from the opening tip, but a deep Campbell three-pointer made it a one possession game. That turned into a 10-0 run that combined with Coleman’s three free throws with one second left to give DePaul a 20-14 lead after one quarter.
Grays connected on a trio of shots including a pair from deep early in the second quarter as the Blue Demons pulled out to a 28-18 advantage. The third basket resulted in a Red Storm timeout.
Grays ignited a 22-5 run that produced a 42-21 lead after another Mart’e trey. Millender closed out the first half with, appropriately enough, a three-pointer and DePaul went into the locker room with a 49-27 cushion.
Grays had 11 points at the break while Stonewall and Millender checked in with eight apiece. Coleman had seven points and six rebounds while Campbell had six points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals.
DePaul did not score in the first four minutes, 30 seconds of the third quarter, and an 11-1 St. John’s run reduced the margin to 50-38. The home team missed its first 13 shots of the quarter.
After the Red Storm came within 52-44, Lauren Prochaska scored the first basket of the period and Grays followed with a four-point play for a 60-44 lead going into the final 10 minutes.
Seven points by Millender and a Campbell basket helped stretch the lead to 71-50 in the middle of the fourth quarter. A 9-0 Red Storm burst closed the gap to 71-59 but it could not come any closer than nine.
The Blue Demons return to action on Thursday with a 7 p.m. showdown at Marquette.
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