DePaul (4-1) shot a blistering hot 11 of 22 from beyond the arc to take down Northern Illinois (3-2).
“I think we caught them on their best night shooting threes,” said NIU coach Mark Montgomery.
The Blue Demons forced 21 turnovers and scored 30 points off of turnovers while stealing the ball 12 times.
“Their fullcourt pressure bothered us too much and we couldn’t make it a halfcourt game enough,” Montgomery said.
“Energy and effort is the main thing,” said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. “You can press all you want to, but you have to have that energy and effort.”
DePaul senior Jamee Crockett scored 13 points on five of seven shooting and received the Jay Goedert Memorial Most Valuable Player 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.
“It’s a great thing,” Crockett said of winning the award. “I’m happy we got the win. It just comes with it, It’s a good award.”
“Jamee has been playing well,” said Purnell. “It’s the same thought I have about his season so far. I think he’s in much better shape. I think for the first time in awhile, he’s been healthy. He’s got a real good attitude as a senior. I just conditioning and being healthy really makes a world of difference.”
The Blue Demons had balanced scoring with five players finishing in double-figures. Myke Henry and Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way with 15 points apiece. Forrest Robinson came in off the bench to match his career-high of 14 points in just 18 minutes of play. Robinson was four for six on 3-pointers tonight. Sophomore center Tommy Hamilton added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the winning effort.
NIU’s Aaric Armstead led all scorers with 16 points. Darrell Bowie added 15 points and Chuks Iroegbu came in off the bench to contribute 15 points.
DePaul next travels to the South Side of Chicago to face Chicago State on Thursday night.
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