After going 75% from the charity stripe in the first 36 minutes, DePaul (2-4) only managed one of their last five free throws to close out regulation. With the score tied at 79, Draelon Burns had an opportunity to win for DePaul with a failed baseline jump shot in the final seconds of regulation.
Vanderbilt (10-0) found renewed energy in the extra stanza to pull away as DePaul's free throw woes continued with the Demons going two of four from the line in overtime.
"The story of the game ultimately would be the free throw line," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "That's something kids practice and you hope that the kids that are on the line are relaxed enough and positive enough to make those free throws. We didn't do that and we let them back in the game."
"We forgot what got us the lead," said DePaul senior Karron Clarke. "We got out of rhythm, got out of sync. We stopped doing what we did in the first half."
"We were extremely lucky to win the game," said Vandy coach Kevin Stallings. "Their team played better than us for more of the game, and I told Jerry that at the end of the game. But, we found a way, and that's what these guys do. If we play good, they find a way, and if they play bad, they find a way."
Burns led all scorers with 24 points. The Blue Demons had three players finish in double figures. Freshman forward Mac Koshwal finished with a career high 21 points and managed to corral seven rebounds. Clarke scored 15 on six of 11 shooting and swiped three steals.
Junior college transfer Matija Posic, in his first start for DePaul, scored eight points and blocked three shots.
Vanderbilt had four players finish in double figures. Australian freshman center A.J. Ogilvy finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Commodores. Senior Shan Foster also contributed 19. Alex Metcalfe chipped in with 18 points, while Keegan Bell tallied 12 points on four of nine from the field with eight assists.
The Blue Demons are scheduled to meet Vanderbilt again in the 2009-10 season in Nashville.
Representatives from 16 NBA teams were scheduled to be at Allstate Arena on Wednesday night including Chicago Bulls General Manager John Paxson.
DePaul returns to the court for a rare Saturday night game at Allstate Arena against the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames. Several of the Blue Demons will be available for autographs following the game.
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