Turnovers Costly for DePaul in Loss to Little Rock

Late night in Lincoln Park didn’t end well for the Blue Demons who lost 66-44 to the undefeated Little Rock Trojans at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday night.

DePaul (5-4) turned the ball over 20 times and Little Rock (8-0) capitalized on those turnovers.  The Trojans scored 27 points off of Blue Demon turnovers.

Coming into the game we knew that Little Rock was going to present a challenge.  The Trojans played well, but the Blue Demons did nothing to help themselves with the turnovers and with shooting a paltry one of nine from beyond the arc in the game.

“I’m obviously not very happy with their performance,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of his team.  “I was extremely concerned coming into the game because of their style of play.  I have to give a lot of credit (to Little Rock). It’s well deserved.  Very quickly they’ve become one of the great stories in college basketball, because they are new, they’ve got 10 new people and they play like grisled and seasoned veterans.  They play a style of play that forces you into some adverse situations and we faced many, and we didn’t handle them as well as we need to, to give ourselves a chance.”

DePaul played without starting forward Rashaun Stimage, who is out with a concussion, and is day-to-day going forward.

The Blue Demons turned in a lackluster performance.  Starting guard Billy Garrett Jr. had his worst game of the year.  Garrett scored just two points, until he had to leave the game in the second half with a leg cramp.  He went one for six from the field and didn’t get to the free throw line at all.  

Myke Henry led the way for the Blue Demons with 16 points.  Freshman guard Eli Cain added 12 points.  

Tommy Hamilton IV contributed eight points and six rebounds in the losing effort.

Little Rock’s Josh Hagins led all scorers with 19 points, while Marcus Johnson, Jr. added 13 points coming off the bench.

The Blue Demons’ bench did very little to contribute in the game, scoring only 4 points on the night.

DePaul next heads out on the road to the west coast where they will face Stanford in Palo Alto, California on Tuesday night.

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