DePaul men's basketball went 3-1 against the pros from France. The Blue Demons received a wake-up call in their opener while losing 96-62 to Caen Calvados.
DePaul bounced backed from that defeat in a strong fashion, by defeating their next three opponents by an average margin of 31 points.
The big difference between the first loss and the subsequent three wins was the defensive effort. In the opener, Caen shot 58.2% from the field. Then over the next three games, DePaul held their opponents to an average of 33.4% shooting.
Three Blue Demons averaged in double figures during the tour. Junior Darrick Wood led the squad with 12.7 points per game. Senior Myke Henry added 12.5 ppg and junior guard Billy Garrett, Jr. chipped in with10.2 ppg.
Tommy Hamilton also averaged eight points per game and corralled 4.2 rebounds per game.
One sign that bodes well for the Blue Demons is their dominance on the glass. DePaul outrebounded all four opponents in France by an average margin of 17.2 boards per game.
A healthy Rashaun Stimage was also a pleasant site for DePaul fans. Stimage average 7.2 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game.
Myke Henry wasn’t far behind with 7.2 rebounds per game.
We Got Wood
Darrick Wood played the “Microwave” role on the tour by heating up off the bench. Wood scored a team-leading average of 12.7 points while coming off the bench in all four games.
Freshman Elijah Cain proved to have the best debut of the DePaul newcomers. While only two of the five Blue Demon freshmen were able to play in France, Cain started all four games and averaged 8.7 points and four rebounds per game.
DePaul Wraps Up French Tour
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