DePaul Snaps Skid

DePaul snapped their 10 game losing streak with a 65-60 win over Seton Hall at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.

DePaul (11-18, 3-13) was relieved to end their losing skid with a clutch performance in the game's final minutes.

"It's a great feeling, but we're always looking forward to the next game and we'll try to get better from there," said DePaul senior guard Brandon Young.

DePaul sophomore guard Durrell McDonald, who celebrated his 20th birthday today, registered a key three pointer with the shot clock winding down with 2:55 left to put the Blue Demons on top 61-58.

"I thought it was just confidence," said McDonald. "I saw the shot clock was expiring, as soon as I seen it I had to shoot."

"I was relieved," Young added. "I gave him the ball with three seconds left on the shot clock. I put him in a bad situation, but he knocked it down. There was a celebration after that."

"Finally the basketball gods took pity on us," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said of his reaction to McDonald's shot. "Every shot like that this year, and there has been several of them, has gone the other way. So finally we got a break on one."

A minute later and Young helped seal the win with a dunk and followed that up by making two free throws with 12 seconds to play to ice the victory.

Four Blue Demons finished in double figures. Young led the way with 19 points. McDonald finished with a career-high 15 points on five of six shooting. Billy Garrett, Jr. contributed with 15 points.

Sandi Marcius added a 10 point, 9 rebound performance in 35 minutes in the winning effort for the Blue Demons.

DePaul shot 60 percent from the floor in the victory.

Seton Hall (14-14, 5-10) was led by the play of senior Fuquan Edwin with 21 points and Jaren Sina with 12 points.

The Blue Demons next head out on the road where the will meet the St. John's Red Storm on Sunday at Madison Square Garden at 11 a.m. Central.


DePaul freshman center Tommy Hamilton IV sat out tonight's game with a stomach virus.

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