DePaul has its second three-game losing streak of Big East play after not putting up much of a fight Wednesday against Providence in an 84-57 loss.
The Blue Demons (12-15, 6-8 Big East) shot just 37 percent from the field and coughed up the ball 16 times. They trailed the Friars by as many as 31 points in the second half.
“I’m very disappointed in the way we played tonight,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said. “When you don’t play well against a really good team, this can happen. The word that jumps out to me as I think about what happened tonight is we just didn’t respond very well to much of anything.”
Providence (19-8, 9-5) shot well from the field at 52.8 percent, but the team’s ability to get to the foul line — and convert there — gave them a huge edge. Providence shot 27-of-33 (81.8 percent) on free throws.
Forward LaDontae Henton and guard Kris Dunn, who scored 19 of their combined 43 points at the foul line, missing only twice.
Henton recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds in addition to 22 points.
Dunn had a balanced stat line with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
Sophomore guard Billy Garrett Jr. led DePaul with 11 points, 9 of which came at the foul line.
DePaul returns to the road Saturday at Georgetown looking to end the recent slide.
“It’s really important that we respond the right way and use [Wednesday’s loss] for motivation,” Purnell said. “We’re a better team than that.”