#9 Notre Dame Outguns DePaul

The Blue Demons were outmanned, outmatched and outgunned in a 83-58 loss to ninth-ranked Notre Dame at Allstate Arena on Thursday night.

DePaul (18-4, 7-3) was not able to keep up with the firepower that Notre Dame (6-15, 0-9) brought to the court.

Notre Dame had four players finish in double-figures. Ben Hansbrough led the Irish offensive assault with 24 points including five of eight from beyond the arc.

"Hansbrough is playing outstanding basketball," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "He may be with the elite guards in the Big East and certainly demonstrated that here today."

Scott Martin scored 15 points in the winning effort. Tim Abromaitis chipped in with 13 points and Tyrone Nash added 10 points for the Irish.

The Blue Demons have a bad habit recently of not closing out the first half very well. With 5:57 left in the first half, they trailed Notre Dame 26-20, but then let the Irish get on a roll and build up to a 37-24 lead by halftime.

"Inexplicably for about five games in a row with about five minutes to go in the half, we've had the wheels come off mentally and physically with our play," said Purnell.

Where Notre Dame really impacted the game was by holding DePaul's leading scorer Cleveland Melvin to four points in the contest, although he did manage 10 rebounds.

"I think Ty Nash did a great job early defending him," said Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. "Then our team defense was pretty good, but Ty Nash didn't let him get going early to get too confident."

"They were being physical with (Melvin)," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "That's really it. They're not letting him get to his sweet spot and then if he got there, they were banging him."

The bright spot for the Blue Demons tonight was the play of freshmen Brandon Young and Moses Morgan. Young led the way for DePaul with 16 points, while Morgan scored 10 points, eight of which came in the first half.

"I'm starting to gain my confidence back," said Morgan. "It was just a matter of time. You can't stop shooting. So I just kept shooting the ball. The last couple of games I've been coming along."

The Blue Demons now have a quick turnaround as they head to Louisville for a meeting with the Cardinals on Saturday night.

Notes

- Attendance tonight – 10,982

- Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould was in attendance for tonight's game along with five NBA scouts.

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