Poor Shooting and Injury Derail DePaul

The Blue Demons missed the offensive firepower of senior guard Brandon Young as DePaul fell 78-56 to Arizona State at Allstate Arena on Friday night.

DePaul (4-4) shot 29.2 percent from the field and 11.8% from beyond the arc as they clearly missed Brandon Young, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle.

"Clearly offensively we struggled," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "We seemed kind of rudderless out there in the first half."

"It was crazy not to have Brandon, because he's one of our leaders," said sophomore guard Durrell McDonald. Without Brandon we just got to come together as a team and amp up our energy and be ready to play."

DePaul trailed 28-23 at halftime, but then things started to unravel for them offensively in the second half.

"We took some really bad shots early in the shot clock," Purnell said.

Without Young in the lineup, DePaul found themselves having to rely on their bench. McDonald stepped up to score a season-high 11 points and a career high six steals off the bench. Durrell found himself in the position of guarding ASU guard Jahii Carson, who is regarded as one of the top players in the Pac-12.

"I thought he did the best job of guarding Carson off the ballscreen," Purnell said.

Carson showed no ill effects from the ankle sprain that he suffered on Sunday. Jahii led the way for Arizona State (8-2) with 23 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

Four players finished in double-figures for the Sun Devils. Penn State transfer Jermaine Marshall contributed 20 points. Shaquille McKissic came in off the bench to finish with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jonathan Gilling added 12 points.

DePaul held 7-2 center Jordan Bachynski to three points, however he managed to block eight shots.

The Blue Demons were led by a pair of freshman tonight. Billy Garrett, Jr. scored 14 points, while Tommy Hamilton added 12 points and six rebounds.

Senior forward Cleveland Melvin had an uncharacteristic night with seven points and nine rebounds.

The Blue Demons next face Florida Atlantic on Thursday night at Allstate Arena . With seven days rest, they hope to have Young back in time for that game.

"I feel confident in saying that he'll be ready for the next ballgame," said Purnell.


- Junior Charles McKinney missed his second game due to a suspension for a violation of team rules.

- Scouts representing 18 NBA teams were at Allstate Arena tonight.

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