It was the second meeting in program history for the DePaul Blue Demons and the Lamar Cardinals. Despite both teams getting off to a slow start, the Blue Demons pulled away down the stretch, scoring 46 points in the second half to defeat the Cardinals 80-61.
In the last two games, the Blue Demons had to come from behind. This time the Blue Demons led the way.
“It shows we can play with a lead. We don’t have to panic,” said DePaul coachDave Leitao. “We just have to be prepared for all different types of situations.”
The Blue Demons were led by sophomore guard Eli Cain who finished with a team-high 21 points, with 10 of those points coming from the charity stripe. DePaul also had their way with the Cardinals on the glass, out-rebounding Lamar with a +15 advantage finishing with 45 total rebounds.
Despite the game turning one-sided midway through the second half, Lamar put up a fight all 40-minutes forcing 13 Blue Demon turnovers, which they turned into 18 points. It wasn’t until the Blue Demons forced Lamar into foul trouble midway through both halves that the game slipped away from the Cardinals. In addition DePaul held Lamar to 32% from the game and held their leading scorer Colton Weisbrod to 6 points and no made field goals.
The Cardinals were led by sophomore Dorian Chatman who had 21 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.
Meanwhile, DePaul senior Billy Garrett Jr. passed Joey Meyer to become 26th on DePaul’s all-time scoring list. He finished with 15 points on the evening, and has accumulated 1,242 career points thus far.
Looking ahead, DePaul will travel to Miami to compete in the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Saturday against Temple. Game time is slated for 10:30 a.m. central time.