DePaul (5-6) led by as many as seven points in the second half, but succumbed to the Northwestern (10-1) zone late in the second half and in the overtime period.
The difference in the game was each team’s shooting during overtime. The Wildcats went five for seven overall and two for three on 3-pointers. While DePaul shot three for nine overall and one for six from beyond the arc during the overtime period.
“We lost some guys in transition defense, which we hadn’t done,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “Our rotations slipped and our defensive rebounding slipped. Those things will cost you.”
Northwestern’s Tre Demps won the game’s Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath MVP award after leading the Wildcats with 18 points despite shooting just seven for 20 from the field and one for six from beyond the arc.
Four of the Wildcat starters finished in double figures. Alex Olah overcame foul trouble in the second half to score 14 points. Sanjay Lumpkin also contributed 14, while Bryant McIntosh chipped in with 13 points.
DePaul’s Myke Henry led all scorers with 24 points and eight rebounds.
Senior guard Aaron Simpson grabbed a career high eight rebounds and shot five for seven in the first half, but then went ice cold in the second half and overtime, going zero for six from the field the rest of the way to end up with 13 points.
Tommy Hamilton IV came in off the bench to contribute 10 points in the losing effort.
Billy Garrett, Jr. finished with seven points after playing only two minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.
The Blue Demons will host the George Washington Colonials at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night before heading into the Christmas holiday break.
Postgame Notes from DePaul Sports Information
Peter Ryckbosch made his first start of his career for the Blue Demons, giving DePaul its sixth different starting lineup of the year… Aaron Simpson reached double-digit points in the first half to record his fifth double-digit scoring game this year and 10th of his career… Myke Henry played in his 100th career game... Henry played 57 games at Illinois and 43 at DePaul... on the all-time assists chart, Billy Garrett Jr. (256 assists) passed Terry Davis (255 assists, 1989-93) for 24th place… Saturday was the first overtime game of the season for the Blue Demons… DePaul is now 40-40 all-time in overtime games… DePaul leads the series, 20-11... the Blue Demons are 84-76 against the current lineup of Big Ten programs and 0-2 this season.