It was a classic trap game with the Blue Demons coming off of final exams this week and the Stanford Cardinal coming in on Sunday.
Lehigh (1-4) came in hungry for a win and came out firing from three point range, going seven of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half.
“I just thought that they outplayed us in the first half with energy and effort,” said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. “I thought that we played what we needed to play in the second half, with attacking, energy, effort.”
“They came out more aggressive than us and we were playing catch up the whole game,” said DePaul forward Myke Henry. “We got it going towards the enough, but it wasn’t enough.”
The highlight of the game for DePaul (2-1) was the play of Henry. The transfer from Illinois led all scorers with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting nine of 16 from the field. It seemed like Henry was the only one who could get into a rhythm for DePaul.
The Blue Demons had four players finish in double-figures tonight. Billy Garrett, Jr. struggled in the first half and scored 15 points while dishing out four assists. Jamee Crockett finished with 13 points and Tommy Hamilton added 12 points and six rebounds in the losing effort.
Lehigh shot 56.9 percent from the floor and 50 percent on trifectas tonight.
Corey Schaefer led the way for the Mountain Hawks with a career high of 17 points. Big man Tim Kempton dominated inside and had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.
DePaul next will face a tough Stanford Cardinal team on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.
11 year old Brendan McMahon, who is afflicted with a form of Muscular Dystrophy and recently signed a letter of intent with DePaul, was courtside at tonight’s game and is wearing number 22 for the Blue Demons.
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