DePaul Sends Seniors Out in Style

The Blue Demons took Seton Hall out behind the woodshed tonight and burst the Pirates NCAA tournament bubble with a 86-58 win at Allstate Arena on Senior Night.

It was a night where DePaul recognized seniors Krys Faber and Jeremiah Kelly on Senior Night.

"I'm overjoyed that my teammates were able to pull it together and give us this as a going away present," said Faber.

"It definitely is bittersweet," said Kelly. "It's been a long season. This group of guys, they just play so hard during the year. We finally put out ‘A' game together. It was a good day to do it today. I can't ask for more than to go out with a win."

Kelly went out with a double-double of 15 points and 10 assists.

"I couldn't have scripted it any better for Senior Night," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "It was clearly our best game of the season in Big East play. That was our ‘A' game. That's something we've been searching for."

Well, it may have been Senior Night, but it was a freshman, Jamee Crockett, who led all scorers with a career-high 21 points off the bench.

DePaul (12-18, 3-15) exacted revenge on Seton Hall (19-11, 8-10) after losing to the Pirates in South Orange, New Jersey by a 94-73 margin on January 10th.

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell gave his team some extra motivation by reading quotes from Seton Hall guard Jordan Theodore before the game and again at halftime.

"It's not going to stop us from going to DePaul and kicking butt," Theodore said following Seton Hall's loss to Rutgers.

"Coach read it to us before the game and before the second half started," said Crockett. "That really got us pumped up."

DePaul shot the ball well against the Seton Hall zone. The Demons shot 38.5% from three point territory which included Crockett's five for seven from beyond the arc.

The Blue Demons dished out 23 assists and turned the ball over nine times. DePaul capitalized on Seton Hall's miscues by scoring 21 points off of Pirate turnovers.

Cleveland Melvin added 14 points and nine rebounds and Brandon Young chipped in with 10 points and four steals.

The Blue Demons now move on to the Big East tournament where they will face Connecticut on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden.

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