Depleted Demons Fall to Friars, 77-72

Despite missing three starters, the Blue Demons had others step up and rally in a 77-72 loss at Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Playing without starters Cleveland Melvin (suspension), Billy Garrett Jr. (illness), and Charles McKinney (injury), others had to step up their games today.

DePaul (10-12, 2-7) had freshman R.J. Curington as one of those that stepped in, finishing the day with a career-high 22 points to lead the Demons, while shooting seven of 15 from the floor.

"He's given us a lift offensively and particularly today," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "The thing that was impressive was not only was he shooting the jumpshot, he was driving the ball to the basket which makes him a tougher cover. I'm real pleased with him offensively the last couple games. He along with the rest have to continue to get better defensively."

The Demons trailed by as many as 16 points with 6:59 left in the first half, but fought back to arrive at a Friars lead 42-37 at halftime.

With the help of Curington, DePaul's bench outscored Providence's bench by a 35-2 margin.

"It definitely raises (my confidence), but it will even get higher when we start winning games," Curington said of his career-high performance.

Fellow freshman Tommy Hamilton added 13 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Young contributed with 12 points and dished out nine assists in the losing effort..

Bryce Cotton played the entire game and led all scorers with 28 points for Providence (16-6, 6-3).

LaDontae Henton added 19 points, while Tyler Harris chipped in with 18 points for the Friars.

The Blue Demons next welcome the Georgetown Hoyas to Allstate Arena for a 8.p.m. contest on Monday night.

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