DePaul begins road trip with loss at Penn State

DePaul hit the road Tuesday for the first time this season and lost 68-62 at Penn State. The Blue Demons trailed wire-to-wire, except for a 28-second stint in the first half where the score was tied.

Photo: Evan Habeeb / USA Today

Photo: Evan Habeeb / USA Today

 

After trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, DePaul made a late comeback, cutting Penn State’s lead to 57-54 with 2:28 to go.

“I didn’t think we played a great game, and I kept checking the score and we were down one or two baskets,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said after the game. “When we got the score down a basket or two and we needed something critical to happen, like a couple of stops in a row or a really good offensive possession to give us some momentum, we didn’t get it at the right time.”

The Nittany Lions, who made 10 treys on the night, drilled 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to push their lead to 63-56.

“They know who they are, and they play to who they are,” Leitao said. “They don’t play outside themselves a whole lot. They share the basketball and get it to the guys that deserve to get it.”

Penn State forward Brandon Taylor scored a game-high 22 points and netted four 3-pointers. Three other Nittany Lions scored in double figures.

“(Taylor) is a senior and was just named captain so he has a different approach and a very different demeanor,” Penn State coach Pat Chambers said. “He has his shoulders back and his head up. Misses, turnover, power-clap, move on, next play. It’s something we’ve been working on. Six seconds of recovery, sprint back, forget about it, move on.”

Three DePaul players reached double-digit scoring, led by senior forward Myke Henry. Freshman guard Eli Cain recorded a career-high 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

The Blue Demons continue their five-game road trip at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, a three-game event that begins Friday.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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