DePaul shoots blanks in loss at St. John's

Try as they might, DePaul (11-16, 2-13) just couldn't make the plays down the stretch while running out of steam and losing to St. John's (12-16, 5-10) by a score of 79-72 before a crowd of 5,110 at Carnesecca Arena.

In a game of runs, DePaul had a hard time making momentum changing three-pointers as they shot an abysmal 19.4 percent from three-point range (6-31). DePaul was also done in by turnovers once again as they committed 18 on the night which resulted in 24 Red Storm points.

In what was a see-saw battle for most of the game, DePaul could never get over a hump. At the end of the first half St. John's got a shot of momentum when leading scorer D'Angelo Harrison drilled a three-pointer as time expired to give the Red Storm a 37-35 lead heading into intermission.

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell was happy with the effort on the night but was disappointed in the execution.

"They (St. John's) got to the rim a lot," said Purnell. "We probably shot too many threes. Obviously we had some open looks that should have gone down but didn't. We didn't play real smart at the end defensively."

After being down by nine points with 14:16 to go in the second half, DePaul made a run to get back into the game and took the lead with 8:35 to go when Jamee Crockett slammed home an alley oop pass.

St. John's would then answer with a 6-0 run and would seize control of the game while capitalizing off the Demons mistakes.

St. John's had four players score in double figures with Harrison's 23 points leading the way. Fellow freshman Moe Harkless had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Amir Garret (18 points) and Phil Greene (10 points) also had solid nights for the Red Storm.

Cleveland Melvin had another fine night for DePaul, leading the team with 18 points to go with a career-high 15 rebounds. Brandon Young (17 points) and Crockett (15 points) also went for double figures.

Purnell still remains upbeat and knows his team is close to getting over the hump.

"Basically we're talking about finishing strong," Purnell concluded. "We're right there. We're going to keep trying until we get it right."


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