DePaul Gains Exhibition Win

The Blue Demons held on for a 72-68 exhibition win over the Division II Lewis Flyers at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Thursday night.

DePaul finished with four players in double-figures on the night. Illini transfer Myke Henry scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in his debut for the Blue Demons. Junior college transfer Aaron Simpson had 14 points in his first game, Durrell McDonald added 12 points, and senior Jamee Crockett chipped in with 11 points.

The Blue Demons were without point guard Billy Garrett, Jr. much of the second half, who left the game with a leg cramp and didn't return. Darrick Wood was limited due to tightness in his knee in the second stanza. With Aaron Simpson also on the bench in the second half, McDonald was the glue that held things together for the Blue Demons at point guard.

The Blue Demons defense was still a work in progress after allowing Lewis to shoot 51.9% from the field.

"We have to play like we were when we were most effective, which is defense-first, team-first, and sharing the ball offensively," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell.

Crockett, who has bounced back from a season where he dealt with knee issues and mononucleosis, agreed that there is room for improvement on the defensive end.

"It was OK, but we've got a long way to go," said Crockett. "This is a dress rehearsal for the season. We've got to get better from here on out both defensively and offensively."

Ryan Jackson led the way with 14 points for the Flyers. Fellow senior Julian Lewis finished with 10 points.

The Blue Demons will open the regular season next Friday night in Lincoln Park against the UIC Flames.

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