DePaul vs. Lewis Game Preview

The Blue Demons host the Division II Lewis Flyers in their only exhibition game of the 2014 preseason at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Thursday night at 8 p.m. Central. We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Lewis Flyers – Thursday, November 6th, 8:00 p.m. Central – McGrath-Phillips Arena, Chicago, IL

Note the game is immediately following the DePaul women's game vs. Robert Morris which begins at 6:00 p.m. Central.

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Once again, the Blue Demons are playing their one and only exhibition game against the Division II Lewis University Flyers.

This time around, Lewis is ranked 11th in the nation in the Division II Bulletin’s Preseason Rankings. Basketball Times ranks the Flyers at 17th in the nation in their preseason rankings.

The rankings are due to the fact that Lewis is coming off a 21-6 season that left them ranked 23rd in the nation. The Flyers return four starters and have 90.2% of their scoring output from last year’s squad coming back.

The Flyers are led by a trio of seasoned seniors in Ryan Jackson, Julian Lewis, and Jeff Jarosz. All three were recruited by Division I schools, but chose to stay close to home at Lewis.

Jackson, a Riverside-Brookfield High School graduate, has twice been named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference First Team and All-NABC Midwest District Second Team. Jackson was the Flyers’ leading scorer last season at 17.8 points per game.

Lewis, who hails from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, was twice named to the All-GLVC Defensive team. He averaged 14.3 ppg and 8.7 rebounds per game last season.

Jarosz, a Morton High School alum, was named to the All-GLVC Second Team last season after averaging 13.7 points per game to along with 80 assists on the year.

DePaul will also have to be wary of senior guard Gabe Williams, who scored 14 points in last year’s game. Williams is a good shooter, who knocked down five 3-pointers against the Blue Demons two years ago.

The Flyers are led by head coach Scott Trost, who is in his ninth year at the helm of the program. Trost has a reputation as being a tough defensive-minded coach and his Lewis teams emulate that mindset.

“This group is senior laden,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said of Lewis on WSCR Radio. “All five of their leading scorers are returning. They won 21 ballgames last year. They know how to play, they know how to win. So it’s going to be a real good test for us.”

The Last Time

On October 29, 2013 at McGrath-Phillips Arena, after a slow start in the first half, the Blue Demons fought back in the second half to take down the Division II Lewis Flyers 84-79.

The Blue Demons went into the locker room at halftime trailing Lewis 37-34.

DePaul then started the second half on a 8-0 run with a lineup that featured freshman Billy Garrett at point guard, Brandon Young at shooting guard, and junior college transfer Greg Sequele pressing at the power forward position.

DePaul never trailed again.

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell experimented with a number of lineups and rarely repeated the same lineup twice in the exhibition tuneup. He liked the smaller, quicker, pressing lineup that he used more of in the second half.

Four players finished in double-figures for the Blue Demons. Young led all scorers with 22 points. Cleveland Melvin scored 17 points and corralled nine rebounds. Freshman Billy Garrett, Jr. scored 12 points and dished out 4 assists off the bench in his debut. Charles McKinney added 11 points.

DePaul got the rebounding effort that they were looking for from Purdue transfer Sandi Marcius, who had 10 rebounds and four points in 21 minutes of play. Freshman Tommy Hamilton IV also grabbed seven rebounds to go along with four points as both he and Marcius started tonight in Purnell's bigger lineup with both men standing at 6-10.

Lewis had five players finish in double-figures. Gabe Williams led the way with 14 points. Julian Lewis and Jeff Jarosz scored 13 apiece. Ryan Jackson added 11 and Kyle Nelson contributed with 10 points.

Lewis Roster


4 Gabe Williams G 5-9 170 Sr. Chicago, Ill. / Farragut

5 Jeff Jarosz G 6-1 160 Sr. Lyons, Ill. / Morton

10 Kyle Nelson C 6-7 215 Jr. St. Charles, Ill. / St. Charles North

12 Austin Soukup G 6-2 180 So. Kildeer, Ill. / Eastside Catholic (Wash.)

14 Shea Feehan G 6-0 155 Fr. Peoria, Ill. / Notre Dame

20 Capel Henshaw G 6-2 185 So. Harrisburg, Ill. / Harrisburg

22 Ryan Jackson G 6-2 200 Sr. Bolingbrook, Ill. / Riverside-Brookfield

23 Julian Lewis F 6-5 200 Sr. Flossmoor, Ill. / Homewood-Flossmoor

30 David Niggins F 6-6 220 Sr. Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central

31 Max Strus G 6-6 205 Fr. Hickory Hills, Ill. / Stagg

32 Glorind Lisha G 6-2 175 So. Oak Forest, Ill. / Andrew

33 Mantas Dubauskas F 6-5 200 Sr. Naperville, Ill. / St. Joseph

35 Paul Baumgart F 6-7 210 R-So. Canton, Mich. / Canton

40 David Heckman F 6-6 205 Jr. Greenwood, Ind. / Roncalli

41 Jared Ellis C 6-8 215 R-So. Marion, Ill. / Marion

42 Brad Foster C 6-8 235 Jr. New Lenox, Ill. / Lincoln-Way Central

52 Ryan Herron F/C 6-6 220 Sr. Yorkville, Ill. / Yorkville

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