The Blue Demons played the role of spoiler for the Seton Hall Pirates NCAA Tournament chances. The Pirates fell to 16-10 overall and 7-7 in Big East conference play.
DePaul freshman forward Wilson Chandler led all scorers and rebounders with 26 points and 11 boards. Chandler notched a career high in scoring and his third double-double of his career.
Chandler's performance came in front of his former Benton Harbor high school team. "We are trying to involve Wilson Chandler a little more," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "The best play of the game was when he passed it to Sam Mejia when he got doubled. Also, he made an exceptional pass after a timeout when we tried to isolate Sam on a high-low."
Chandler's fellow freshman Jabari Currie had 10 points and seven assists. Sophomore forward Karron Clarke came away with 14 points for the Blue Demons.
"The freshman had some big moves today, they turned it on," said Clarke. "Jabari was out there looking like Magic Johnson. Wilson, he did what he does every game, he came with intensity and athleticism."
"I thought Jabari's leadership was really instrumental," Wainwright said. "He had a good feel for the pace of the game. He really played error free basketball and that was important to us."
For the Pirates, Jamar Nutter scored 18 points on six trifectas. Senior Kelly Whitney made his final trip for Seton Hall to his hometown and came away with 20 points.
In the first half, DePaul's scoring came in bunches early as the Blue Demons got out to a solid start. "It's been awhile since we came out like that at home, we needed that," observed Clarke. "Coach stressed that to us before the game."
The teams went into intermission with the Blue Demons leading 33-27.
Seton Hall went on a 10 point run to start the second half. The lead then shifted back and forth throughout the second half.
In the end it came down to a free throw shooting contest. Chandler buried three from the charity stripe in the final 15 seconds to help preserve the victory for DePaul.
"This morning (Wainwright) made us wake up at 8 o'clock in the morning to come and shoot free throws," Clarke said.
"I was proud of how we approached the game," Wainwright remarked. "We go into the final week of the season with a little bit of momentum and obviously feeling pretty good about ourselves."
Wesley Green has been suspended indefinitely from the DePaul team and did not dress for today's game.
Former Blue Demons Curtis Watkins and Emmette Bryant were at the game and signed autographs for the youngsters today.
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