Hazell Returns to Down DePaul

Jeremy Hazell returned from injury just in time to help Seton Hall hand DePaul their 17th consecutive Big East loss at Allstate Arena on Wednesday night.

Hazell poured in 23 points on 10 of 23 shooting to lead Seton Hall (8-9, 2-3) to a 78-67 win over DePaul (6-10, 0-4).

After breaking a bone in his left wrist just three games into the season, Hazell was cleared to play for Seton Hall just hours before tipoff. He picked up right where he left off earlier in the season with no signs of rust.

Seton Hall led 32-31 at intermission, but dominated in the second half by shooting 69% from the floor as a team.

Herb Pope contributed with 15 points before fouling out with 6:25 left in the game. Theodore Jordan contributed with 10 points for the Pirates.

Earlier in the week, DePaul coach Oliver Purnell identified stopping Seton Hall's dribble-drive offense as a key to the game.

"That's what beat us, their ability to beat us off the dribble and get easy shots going to the basket," Purnell said. "They dribble, drive, draw, and kick for a layup."

DePaul freshman forward Cleveland Melvin led the Blue Demons with 21 points and nine rebounds. Melvin struggled with his shot in the first half making only three of 14 shots, but then came back nicely in the second half going five of seven from the field.

"Those were tough shots," said Melvin. "My teammates told me to keep my head up and they are going to fall in the second half."

Seton Hall's zone defense appeared to frustrate the Blue Demons in the second half.

"I don't think it was as much the zone rattling us as us not having the poise to take this thing down the stretch," Purnell said. "I thought we didn't play with a lot of maturity or a lot of poise in the game."

Freshman guard Brandon Young was the only other Demon to reach double-figures with 12 points.

Purnell's full court press relies on getting points off of turnovers, yet DePaul could only manage seven points off of 13 turnovers tonight.

The Blue Demons now prepare for the UConn Huskies who come to Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon.


- DePaul Hall of Famer David Booth, who is now a scout with the New Orleans Hornets, was in attendance for tonight's game.

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