NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose came out to Allstate Arena on Monday night. During this contest, more eyes may have been on the Chicago Bulls guard than on the court.
Milwaukee (8-1) and their hot shooting built up a 22 point lead with 9:27 left in the first half on the Blue Demons and led 48-28 at intermission.
DePaul (4-3) tried to muster a rally in the second half, but could come no closer than 55-47 with 13:20 remaining.
It was the second straight game where the Blue Demons gave up a huge first half lead.
"I told our guys that we've got to get a harder edge against teams like Ole Miss and Milwaukee," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "We've got to get a harder edge when those teams come in here and when we go on the road. We've got to do a much better job of not digging ourselves a hole."
DePaul couldn't guard former Peoria Manual guard Paris Gulley, who shot seven of ten from the field and a perfect five for five from beyond the arc to finish with 19 points.
The Panthers had some balanced scoring with four players finishing in double-figures. Kaylon Williams led the way with 21 points. Tony Meier scored 20 and Ryan Allen chipped in with 11 points.
"Give Milwaukee all the credit," said Purnell. "I thought their guards were outstanding."
Once again Cleveland Melvin led all scorers with 27 points. Sophomore guard Brandon Young contributed with 20 points and freshman Jamee Crockett added 10 points off the bench.
The Blue Demons have no time to dwell on this loss. DePaul goes on the road to crosstown rival Loyola on Wednesday night.
- Tonight was the first win for Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the series with DePaul. The Blue Demons lead the series 10-1.
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