Rutgers Ruins DePaul's Senior Day

DePaul's hope to send their seniors out in style were dashed as the visitors from Rutgers walked away from Allstate Arena with a 68-64 win on Wednesday night.

Rutgers (14-15, 5-12) had led by as many as 15 points with 18:08 to go, but DePaul (7-22, 1-16) rallied to pull within one point with 30 seconds left following Moses Morgan's free throw to complete a three point play to cut the Scarlet Knights lead to 63-62

After two successful foul shots by Rutgers' Jonathan Mitchell to bring the score to 65-62, Moses Morgan missed a three point shot with 22 seconds left.

"I thought it was a pretty good look, but now that I think about it I had enough time to drive and maybe we could have fouled them and hand a chance to go to overtime," said Morgan.

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell started all three of his seniors, Jimmy Drew, Mike Stovall, and Mario Stula, to honor them on Senior Night, but it was the freshmen who shined.

With DePaul freshman Cleveland Melvin sidelined with a thumb injury, fellow freshman Brandon Young has stepped up his game. Young led all scorers with 21 points on seven of 14 shooting from the floor and three of six from beyond the arc.

"When he's aggressive, he gets more opportunities," said Purnell. "He's one of those guys who has to score for us with Cleveland out."

Morgan scored 10 points, but was one of five from three point territory.

The Scarlet Knights snapped a four game losing streak and kept alive hopes of going to the postseason.

Rutgers featured balance scoring with four players in double-figures. Mitchell led the way with 18 points. James Beatty contributed with 13 points. Dane Miller chipped in with 12 and Gilvydas finished with 10 in the winning effort.

The Blue Demons now will complete Big East conference play on the road at Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.


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