DePaul never trailed in the contest.
It was obvious that the Blue Demons have improved on the defensive end of the floor as the held Caldwell to 36.4 percent shooting and outrebounded the Cougars 36-24.
DePaul emulates new head coach Dave Leitao who encourages his team to never let up.
“We we’re up by 30 or so and the way he was on us…” said Tommy Hamilton IV.
“I thought we were losing,” interjected senior guard Aaron Simpson.
“He always keeps us on our horses and always reminds us to keep our intensity up and keep our focus up,” Tommy said.
It’s that kind of intensity that Leitao brought to DePaul during his first coaching stint with the Blue Demons.
“The way I coach it with them is it really doesn’t matter,” said Leitao. “You can be down 10 or up 10, it doesn’t matter. We have to play the game a certain way. We’re not blessed with all the things that great teams are blessed with that we can afford to take plays or minutes off. We have to play the game a certain way. For that to happen we have to understand that every possession is critically important to us.”
Hamilton led the Blue Demons with 13 points and seven rebounds. Simpson came in off the bench to add 12 points and eight rebounds.
“I thought Aaron was a really good spark today with what he brought energy-wise for the whole game,” said Leitao.
Peter Ryckbosch scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench.
Freshman forward Frederick Scott scored eight points that all came in one spurt off the bench in the first half. Scott went three of four from the floor including two 3-pointers.
“He’s got the ability to make shots,” Leitao said of Scott. “When you count baskets, that’s a key ingredient. I think he can help the team that way.”
Dawan Light led the way for Caldwell with 13 points.
The Blue Demons will open the regular season next Saturday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena against the Western Michigan Broncos.
- The Miami Heat had a scout at today’s game.
- Myke Henry was held out of today’s game for precautionary reasons following a slight shoulder injury.
- Curie High School guard Devin Gage attended today’s game. He is expected to sign with the Blue Demons next week.