DePaul vs. UC-Riverside Game Preview

The Blue Demons take on the Highlanders of Cal-Riverside in the season opener for both teams at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Friday night.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. UC-Riverside Highlanders – Friday, November 9th, 8:00 p.m. Central – McGrath-Phillips Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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One again the Blue Demons will be tipping off the start to the college basketball season with an opener on campus at the friendly confines of McGrath-Phillips Arena.

The game is the third in a hoops tripleheader in Lincoln Park on Friday. The DePaul men's team will follow a women's doubleheader as part of the Maggie Dixon Classic women's tournament.

The Blue Demons come in following a 91-74 exhibition defeat of Division II Lewis on Saturday night.

This game represents the start of the third year of Coach Oliver Purnell's rebuilding effort at DePaul and is one where the Blue Demons are expected to make some strides on the court.

DePaul has never faced this UC Riverside team before. The Highlanders, who hail from the Big West conference, finished with a 14-17 record last year, but managed to pull off an upset of Washington State.

UCR is coming off a 83-72 exhibition game win over San Diego Christian. The Highlanders did most of their scoring on the interior in that contest and were led by a pair of newcomers. 6-10, 270 lb. junior college transfer Chris Patton led the way with 23 points on 10 of 11 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds. 6-6 freshman forward Josh Fox racked up a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

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1 Robert Smith G 6-1 190 Sr. Perris, CA Perris HS

2 Davin Guinn F 6-5 190 Fr. Murrieta, CA Vista Murrieta HS

3 Tajai Johnson G 6-2 185 Fr. Vallejo, CA Vallejo HS

5 Taylor Johns F 6-7 220 Fr. San Francisco, CA Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep

10 Steven Jones G 6-0 Fr. Winnetka, CA Taft HS

11 Tre Owens F 6-6 185 Fr. Rota, Spain Rota HS

12 Josh Fox F 6-6 195 Fr. Daly City, CA Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep

13 Jamie Harper G 6-1 190 Fr. Los Angeles, CA Inglewood HS

15 Chris Harriel F 6-4 185 Jr. Moreno Valley, CA King HS

21 Lucas Devenny F 6-8 240 Jr. Santa Rosa, CA Piner HS

22 Dayton Boddie G 6-3 198 Fr. San Diego, CA El Camino HS

24 T.J. Burke F 6-8 210 So. Tempe, AZ Marcos De Niza HS

35 Austin Quick G 6-2 180 So. Murrieta, CA Murrieta Valley HS

54 Chris Patton F 6-10 246 Jr. Melbourne, Australia Nazareth College Prep

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