DePaul Misses Opportunities in Loss to UL

The Blue Demons missed opportunities at the free throw line in this game which was an opportunity to stay above .500 in Big East play. Instead DePaul lost 59-50 to the Louisville Cardinals at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois in a grind it out sort of game.

Juan "Tello" Palacios led the way for Louisville with 21 points. Going into this game Palacios had been limited by muscle problems in his neck and shoulder, he certainly marked his return from injury with his performance against DePaul.

"I thought it was a very physical, gritty kind of college game," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "Certainly one of the factors in the game was when you have a low possession game with not a lot of turnovers, is you have to be more productive at the free throw line."

Overall, DePaul shot a season-low 50% from the charity stripe, senior guard Sammy Mejia and junior Draelon Burns missed key free throw opportunities down the stretch. "Somebody said ‘Coach, you've got to practice your free throws'," said Wainwright. "Practicing is never the problem, making them in the game is kind of the next step after practicing."

"A missed free throw in a game like this is as just as big as a turnover," said Wainwright. It's an empty possession."

After the game Louisville coach Rick Pitino credited the Blue Demons. "It was a great road victory for us, because we have the utmost respect for DePaul," said Pitino. "Jerry Wainwright is one of the top coaches in our game, his teams always play great defense. We had to match them on the glass and we had to match their intensity"

"I thought (Louisville) played well," Wainwright observed. "It was a possession by possession game. I mean it was just a grinder."

Wilson Chandler led DePaul with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Louisville defense limited Mejia to just four points.

Senior center Keith Butler played 19 minutes for the second consecutive game for the Demons. Butler's play has improved as he contributed eight points, blocked two shots, and snared 11 rebounds. "He was really into the game and really understood what we were trying to do."

DePaul falls to 12-8, 3-3 in the Big East, while Louisville now stands at 13-6 and 3-2 in league play. While the loss was a setback for DePaul, Wainwright feels confident in his team. "I think we've reached a certain level," said Jerry. "We fought like heck to get to that level. This loss isn't going to knock us off that level, but it delays our start to the next one. I will say this, we're not going back down to the basement. That might have happened last year."

"Losing is far more painful than the joy of winning if you have a good progam," Wainwright expressed.

DePaul Legends Honored

Former Blue Demons Dallas Comegys and Kenny Patterson were honored in a ceremony at halftime of today's game. They both will be inducted into the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend.

Game Notes from DePaul Sports Information

Wilson Chandler's team-high 19 points mark his 18th double-figure scoring effort this season and his 10th game leading the Blue Demons in points.

Chandler also grabbed 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

Keith Butler tied his season-high eight points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds.

The Blue Demons shot a season-low .500 (9-18) from the free throw line.

DePaul outrebounded Louisville 41-38, the Blue Demons are now 9-3 when grabbing more rebounds than their opponent.

DePaul now trails 31-21 in the all-time series and has lost the last three in the series.

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