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Woodshed Win for DePaul

Chicago State (3-8) was coming off a four point loss at Northwestern on Wednesday night and a two point loss at St. Louis, but ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the Blue Demons at Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon.  

DePaul (6-4) brought with them some energetic and inspired play as they captured a 109-61 win over CSU.

It was the first time the Blue Demons reached the century mark since December 10, 2011, which also came against Chicago State.

Following a home loss to UIC on Wednesday night, DePaul was determined not to have a lackluster performance like that one again.

After CSU scored the opening bucket, the Blue Demons proceeded to go on a 22-0 run and never looked back from there. By halftime DePaul led 60-22.

DePaul was fueled by a career-high scoring effort from Eli Cain who finished with 31 points.

“After we lost to UIC, was probably the toughest practice I’ve ever had at DePaul,” said Cain.  “Coach really got on us.  We knew ourselves that we couldn’t let stuff like that happen. There is no way we should have lost to them. I think it really helped us.  We were kind of lackadaisical against them.  Today we came out from the beginning, aggressive, intense, we tried to keep it up for the whole 40 minutes.”

Junior college transfer Tre McCallum racked up a career-high of 18 points and also tied his career-high on the glass with 12 rebounds.

“That’s who I saw when I saw him at Indian Hills (junior college),” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of McCallum. “He made his first three of the season.  He was flying around and getting deflections, he was finishing.  He’s a really good guy.”

“For me it was just getting my confidence back,” said McCallum. “I had a slow start the first part of the season.  Just getting my confidence, staying after practice everyday, get shots up, and getting back in my rhythm.”

DePaul dished out a season-high 22 assists, which was encouraging after some of their earlier performances.

Freshman guard Brandon Cyrus chipped in with 13 points. Billy Garrett, Jr. scored nine points and had five assists.  

Freshman Devin Gage came in off the bench to score nine points and recorded seven assists.

Fred Sims, Jr. led the way for Chicago State with 19 points.

The Blue Demons have a quick turnaround before they return to Allstate Arena on Monday night for a matchup with Southeast Missouri State.

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