DePaul (3-4) has now won two straight at Allstate Arena over teams from the Mid-American conference. Brandon Young's 31 points was the most scored by a Blue Demon freshman since Quentin Richardson scored 31 in November of 1998.
Young also shot a perfect six for six from behind the arc.
"We took him off the ball and created some stuff for him and the guys found him," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell.
The Blue Demons had to fight back after trailing Central Michigan (2-5) by as many as 14 points in the first half. After their offense sputtered in the first 20 minutes, DePaul went into intermission behind 36-24. That's when Purnell voiced his displeasure with his team's performance.
"In the locker room, coach let us have it," said Young.
The Blue Demons got the message and opened the second half on a 10-0 run and held the Chippewas scoreless for the first six minutes of the half.
"Our guys took it upon themselves, after a lot of encouragement, to step up their energy level," said Purnell.
DePaul's fullcourt press was effective and generated 28 points off of 28 CMU turnovers.
"We just have to stick to the system and stick to everything coach tells us and everything will work out fine," said Young. "You can see what happened in the second half, everything coach told us to do we did and we came out with a W."
The press has given DePaul players confidence that they can always come back in games.
"If we're down 20 or up 20 it doesn't matter," said Young. "Coach always tells us that when we're down 20, our style of play is going to get us back into the game. The fans got us back into the game. It was just a good win for us today."
The Blue Demons had three players finish in double-figures. Sophomore forward Tony Freeland contributed with 14 points and nine rebounds. Junior center Krys Faber chipped in with 10 points.
The Chippewas were led by forward Jalin Thomas with 19 points, guard Amir Rashid scored 16 and freshman Trey Zeigler added 10 points.
- 2011 DePaul signee Jamee Crockett was in attendance for tonight's game.
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