It was a game that featured a lot of fouls called by the officials. In all 53 fouls were called. Rockhurst was whistled 30 times while the Blue Demons were called for fouls 23 times.
DePaul sophomore Eli Cain was limited by foul trouble all night and only managed two points in just 15 minutes of play.
“You get guys in foul trouble, those are things that you have to work through,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “The first time through there is going to be a tight whistle.”
The upside to the number of fouls called was the free throw shooting. DePaul was 84.8% from the free throw line. Senior guard Billy Garrett, Jr. was a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity stripe tonight.
“It gives an advantage to our offense,” Garrett said of the way the game was called. “Defensively you don’t like it. Offensively you love it. There was a lot of stoppage in play. It can kind of mess up your rhythm a little but, but it’s part of the game and you’ve got to adjust to it.”
Garrett led the Blue Demons with 26 points and was six of nine from the field tonight. Freshman guard Brandon Cyrus added 12 points and nine rebounds in his debut. Senior guard R.J. Curington came off the bench to score 11 points and was two of three beyond the arc.
Freshman center Levi Cook contributed eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds coming in as a reserve.
Rockhurst, a Division II program from Kansas City, coached by former DePaul director of Basketball Operations, Drew Diener, was led by 26 points off the bench from Travis House. House was the only Hawk to reach double figures.
Rockhurst seven foot center Gabe Brown was held scoreless by the Blue Demons. Former Niles North guard Malach Nix, who was Rockhurst’s leading scorer was held to six points.
DePaul will open the regular season next Sunday night with their first meeting ever with Robert Morris University.
- 2017 4-star guard Nojel Eastern is on an official visit to DePaul this weekend. It is his fifth and final official visit. He has previously visited Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, and Seton Hall.
- Senior guard Darrick Wood did not dress for tonight’s game.