Nova's Fisher Downs DePaul in Overtime

The Blue Demons took 15th ranked Villanova to overtime, but Wildcats' point guard Corey Fisher proved too much for DePaul to handle in a 77-75 loss at Allstate Arena this afternoon.

With a three point lead and 12 seconds to go, DePaul (7-9, 1-13) had the opportunity to upset 15th ranked Villanova (21-6, 9-5), but Fisher came down court and drilled a three pointer to take the game to overtime.

DePaul junior Jeremiah Kelly had a chance to win it, but was double-teamed as he launched a shot at the buzzer to end regulation tied 62-62.

Corey Fisher scored seven of his career-high 34 points in overtime to lead Nova to the win.

Maalik Wayns finished with 17 points and Mouphtaou Yarou contributed with a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds for the victorious Wildcats.

The Blue Demons stayed in this game with their prowess from the perimeter, shooting 13 of 30 for 43.3% on the game from three point territory.

Three point firepower has been the difference for the Blue Demons of late. In the last six games, DePaul is averaging nine trifectas a game. Prior to that stretch, they were averaging 3.8 three pointers per game.

DePaul kept it close despite being outrebounded 50-36 on the boards.

"I thought our guys played well enough to win tonight," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "I still don't think we're playing our very best, but obviously we're playing some pretty good basketball over the last four or five games. We have to do a better job of rebounding the basketball. That kind of kept them in the game."

For the second straight game, Kelly came up big for DePaul. Kelly scored a career-high 25 points and went seven of 13 from beyond the arc. The seven trifectas were also a career-high for Kelly

"He's been really aggressive and playing with a lot of confidence," Purnell said of Kelly.

"Personally, I had a rough year this year," said Kelly. "I still believe that we can do some things. One thing about this team is we never quit."

Freshman Moses Morgan also finished with a career high of 15 points off the bench. Fellow freshman Cleveland Melvin scored 16 in the losing effort.

Notes

- The Wildcats were without Corey Stokes who has been sidelined with turf toe.

- Today was DePaul Basketball Alumni Day. Over 50 former DePaul players and managers were in attendance including alums like David Booth, Karron Clarke, Skip Dillard, Curtis Price, and Doc Taylor.

- 2012 recruiting note – Niles North forward Abdel Nader attended today's game. Nader recently decommitted from New Mexico and is currently being recruiting by Baylor, DePaul, Marquette, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Xavier.

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