DePaul Takes Down Loyola

Behind a strong second half effort, DePaul won their fourth straight game at Allstate Arena by topping Loyola 81-74.

DePaul (5-6) scored 24 points off of 20 Loyola (8-4) turnovers to take down their city rivals.

The Blue Demons did it with balanced offense and had five players finish in double-figures.

"When we play well offensively, we have balance," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "We don't have a guy we can count on to get 20 points a night. Balanced scoring is the key to us offensively. When we get six, seven, eight guys playing well offensively, and do a decent job defensively, I feel we can play with anybody."

The Blue Demons had no answer for Loyola guard Geoff McCammon, who finished with a career-high 31 points, in the first half where Loyola led by as many as five points.

"He played an outstanding game," Purnell said of McCammon. "He was a handful."

DePaul went ahead on a Brandon Young layup with 17:43 remaining in the second half to assume a 35-34 lead and never trailed again after that.

Tony Freeland led the way for the Blue Demons with 16 points off the bench, but it was the play of freshman forward Cleveland Melvin that was most impressive. Melvin scored 13 points on six of 10 from the floor and blocked three shots.

"I think they play what I call smash mouth basketball," said Ramblers coach Jim Whitesell. "I really think we had a hard time with their fours. Freeland and Melvin took the ball wherever they wanted."

Senior Mike Stovall added 13 points. Junior guard Jeremiah Kelly contributed with 12 points and went two for three from beyond the arc. Junior big man Krys Faber chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 44 seconds left in the game.

Sophomore forward Ben Averkamp scored 17 points in the losing effort for the Ramblers.


- Former Blue Demon David Booth attended tonight's game as a scout for the New Orleans Hornets.

- Today marked Purnell's 399th win. He will go for win number 400 on Wednesday night against Florida Atlantic at Allstate Arena.

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