Marquette Surges Past DePaul in 2nd Half

In a tale of two halves, the DePaul Blue Demons started out tonight's game at Allstate Arena with energy, but couldn't keep it going in the second half before falling to 19th ranked Marquette 89-76.

DePaul (11-12, 2-9) came out of the gate on fire and led by as many as 12 pts. with 5:53 remaining in the first half.

The Blue Demons never trailed in the first half, but it was Marquette (20-5, 9-3) that owned the second half.

Cleveland Melvin led the Blue Demons with 17 points in the first half, but could only muster five points in the second stanza.

"We put some good stretches together, but were not able to sustain it," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell.

All five starters for the Golden Eagles finished in double-figures. Darius Johnson-Odom led all scorers with 23 points. Jamil Wilson finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jae Crowder also added a double –double of 14 points and 11 boards. Vander Blue contributed with 16 points and point guard Junior Cadougan chipped in with 10 points and eight assists.

DePaul sophomore Moses Morgan left the game in the first half with a concussion after hitting his head on the floor. Morgan later returned to the DePaul bench, but did not re-enter the game.

Junior point guard Worrel Clahar stepped up with 16 pts. off the bench for DePaul. Clahar played in place of Brandon Young, who has suffered from flu-like symptoms in the last two games. Young was limited to two points in 16 minutes of action.

The point guard position was a point of frustration for Purnell.

"Part of it is our roster and that kind of thing, but the other part of it is mental toughness. We've got to get better play out of our point guard position. The turnovers at untimely times, if you will, are a problem for us."

Freshman Jamee Crockett added 17 points and fellow freshman Charles McKinney contributed 10 points in the losing effort.

The Blue Demons now face the task of travelling to South Bend for a matchup at Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon.

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