Rapid Reaction: Lehigh 86, DePaul 74

DePaul fell to 2-1 Wednesday with a 86-74 loss at home to Lehigh. Here is The Catch and Shoot’s rapid reaction:

—The bright spot in this was one was Myke Henry. Henry, an Illinois transfer with two years of eligibility, played well in the first two games after sitting out last season per NCAA regulations. But Wednesday was easily his best performance so far. He led the Blue Demons with 24 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. He was DePaul’s most consistent threat on offense all night.

Henry is only 6-foot-6, but he is nonetheless great on the glass.

—Corey Schaefer lit Allstate Arena up, and there wasn’t much DePaul could do about it in the first half. DePaul let Schaefer get open a few times, which helped the 6-foot-1 senior get in a groove. But Schaefer also made some very tough and deep shots.

He shot 3-for-4 from beyond the arc in the first half for 11 points as the Mountain Hawks opened up a 41-30 lead. The Blue Demons did a better job locking Schaefer down in the second half, holding him to six points.

Photo: DePaul Athletics
Photo: DePaul Athletics

—Too little, too late. DePaul finally found some energy and fight in the second half, but it was too late to overcome a 15-point deficit. The Blue Demons knocked down a few shots from 3-point land, but some missed opportunities in transition came back to haunt them. At least at this point in the season, DePaul’s offense is not good enough to dig out of big holes.

Even when the Blue Demons got an energy burst, they could not sustain it. 3-pointers from Forrest Robinson and Billy Garrett Jr. charged an 8-2 run, but DePaul let Lehigh respond with a 9-3 spurt. Jamee Crockett finished a two-handed dunk in transition, pumping up the team while cutting DePaul’s deficit to eight points with 5:10 remaining . But after Lehigh called timeout, the Blue Demons once again seemed quiet on the floor.

—Let’s call this a trap game. It’s the day before a holiday and DePaul has Stanford visiting Allstate Arena over the weekend, so it’s possible the Blue Demons overlooked the Mountain Hawks a bit. If there’s any silver lining here to shed some of the embarrassment from this loss, Lehigh is not your typical 1-4 team. The Mountain Hawks nearly knocked off Villanova on the road in their season opener.

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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