DePaul Blue Demons (3-1) vs. NIU Huskies (3-1) – Tuesday, December 2nd, 8:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Television – FOX Sports 1
Radio – WYLL AM 1160
NIU broadcast on WLBK 1360-AM, 98.9-FM (DeKalb), AM 560
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After DePaul beat the Stanford Cardinal, in a game that not many thought the Blue Demons could hang around in, they’ll take on another tough task in the Northern Illinois Huskies Tuesday night.
The Huskies are coming off an impressive win over the Maine Black Bears. The squad from DeKalb trailed by 21 with 10:40 left in the ballgame but delivered a monster comeback.
Led by redshirt sophomore Michael Orris, scoring a career-best 18 points in his first career start, NIU erased the 21st-largest second half deficit overcome to win a game in NCAA Division I history to win 61-56.
Junior Darrell Bowie chipped into the stat sheet with 16 points and nine rebounds, along with center Jordan Threloff, who scored 7 points and crashed the glass a game-high 12 times.
The Huskies currently rank 19th in the country in rebounding, averaging an even 43 per contest. DePaul will need to improve upon their 31.8 boards a game in order to contain the Huskies from getting second chance opportunities.
Where the Blue Demons are lethal this season, however, is their transition game. Over the first four contests, Oliver Purnell’s bunch has been able to create opportunities on offense when they can leak out and run in the open floor.
DePaul averages 78.3 points per game, placing 42nd in the nation to start the season. Myke Henry, the transfer from Champaign, Illinois, is a big reason for that, averaging 19.3 points per contest and even adding 6.8 rebounds.
His performance was key to the Blue Demons upsetting the Cardinal on Sunday afternoon, putting up 29 points. Senior Jamee Crockett was attacking the basketball at will, chipping in 19 points.
The Blue Demons were able to turn Stanford’s mistakes into opportunities, forcing 21 turnovers and shooting 50 percent from the field.
Junior guard Durrell McDonald was aggressive on defense, enabling Chasson Randle, a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate, from finding his rhythm. The senior shot just 1 of 7 from behind the arc and committed seven turnovers too.
- The Jay Goedert MVP will be awarded to the game’s Most Valuable Player. Two years ago, DePaul’s Brandon Young won the award. The award is named in honor of former DePaul and NIU assistant coach Jay Goedert who passed away in July of 2004 at the age of 44.
- DePaul senior Jamee Crockett was a teammate of NIU point guard Michael Orris at Crete-Monee High School.
- DePaul forward Myke Henry was named to the Big East Honor Roll for this week. Henry averaged 26.5 points and eight rebounds this past week while shooting .618 (21-34) from the field.
The Last Time
On December 16, 2012 at Allstate Arena, It took clutch free throw shooting and some key defensive stops down the stretch for the Blue Demons to turn away the visitors from DeKalb as DePaul walked away with a 69-64 win.
DePaul made nine consecutive free throws in the game's final three minutes to help secure the win over Northern Illinois. Junior guard Brandon Young made four of those free throws.
The Blue Demons shot 84% from the charity stripe in the contest.
NIU Sophomore Abdel Nader led all scorers with a season-high 20 points, but was held scoreless down the stretch by DePaul's lockdown defender Charles McKinney.
Three Blue Demons finished in double-figures. Young led the way for the Blue Demons with 15 points, five assists, and two steals.
Sophomore Jamee Crockett added 14 points and junior Cleveland Melvin added 12 points.
Senior guard Worrel Clahar came off the bench to contribute eight points, six rebounds, and three assists.
Northern Illinois Roster
NO NAME HT WT POS Year Hometown/High School/Last College
23 Aaric Armstead 6-5 190 G SO Chicago, Ill./La Jolla Prep (Calif.)
2 Aaron Armstead 6-4 195 G SR Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan/San Jose City College
5 Travon Baker 5-11 170 G JR Detroit, Mich./Detroit Consortium
10 Darrell Bowie 6-7 220 W JR Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep (Calif.)
25 Jay DeHaan 6-2 175 G FR Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley
21 Keith Gray 6-8 240 F RS JR Chicago, Ill./Brooks Academy
13 Kevin Gray 6-8 230 F SR Chicago, Ill./Brooks Academy
3 Dontel Highsmith 6-2 200 G SO Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac
11 Chuks Iroegbu 6-4 205 W RS JR Elk Grove, Calif./Franklin/City College of San Francisco
33 Anthony Johnson 6-3 190 G RS SR Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young/Purdue
34 Marin Maric 6-10 250 C RS FR Split, Croatia/La Lumiere School (Ind.)
55 Michael Orris 6-2 200 G RS SO Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee/Kansas State
0 Pete Rakocevic 6-11 245 C RS SR Chicago, Ill./Wilbraham & Monson Prep/Sacramento State
12 Jordan Thomas 5-11 185 G FR Northfield, Ill./New Trier
52 Jordan Threloff 6-9 255 C RS SR DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb/Illinois State
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