Henry Leads DePaul Past Stanford

The Blue Demons bounced back from a loss to Lehigh on Wednesday night in a big-time fashion, taking down the Stanford Cardinal 87-72 at Allstate Arena on Sunday afternoon.

After coming out to a slow start on Wednesday, DePaul (3-1) was energized in this one and led 41-30 at halftime.

“Overall I thought it was a good bounce back game for us,” said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell.

Myke Henry was the star for DePaul and has been the Blue Demons most consistent performer this season. Henry scored a career high 29 points on 12 of 18 shooting from the floor to go along with six rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals.

“Myke Henry once again proves to be a tough cover, because he’s inside, he’s outside, he gets to the offensive glass,” Purnell said.

The Blue Demons stepped things up defensively today. At one point in the first half, the Cardinal went scoreless for almost six minutes. DePaul forced 21 Stanford turnovers and scored 25 points off of miscues.

“We went into the game feeling like we were more athletic and quicker to the ball, as long as we played hard and pressured them in the halfcourt and the fullcourt, our quickness would be an advantage,” said Purnell.

Seven of those turnovers belong to Stanford star Chasson Randle, who was a focus for the Blue Demons going into this game.

“He’s the head of their team,” Purnell said of Randle. “So pressuring him was the first thing on our minds.”

DePaul held Stanford to four of 19 shooting from beyond the arc this afternoon.

“We contested Stanford from the start on the perimeter, Purnell said. “I think that was a big key in us getting off to a good start.”

DePaul senior Jamee Crockett scored 19 points on six on nine shooting. Tommy Hamilton added 14 points and seven rebounds in the winning effort.

The Blue Demons had one of their best shooting nights in quite some time after shooting 54.4 percent overall and 50 percent on trifectas.

Stanford (4-2) had five starters finish in double-figures, but only had three points from their bench. Randle and Stefan Nastic scored 16 points apiece. Anthony Brown contributed with 15 points. Freshman Reid Travis added 12 and Rosco Allen chipped in with 10 points.

It was a big non-conference win for the Blue Demons over a PAC 12 conference foe. Stanford came into today’s game ranked 31st in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball ratings.

DePaul returns to Allstate Arena on Tuesday night to face the Northern Illinois Huskies.

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