DePaul Exhibition Opener Game Preview

WeAreDePaul.com previews Friday night's exhibition game between the DePaul Blue Demons and the Lewis University Flyers.

Key Information

Men's Basketball Exhibition - DePaul Blue Demons vs. – Friday, November 7, 2008 – 7:30 p.m. Central – McGrath Arena, Chicago, Illinois

The game will be preceded by the DePaul women's basketball exhibition game against the University of Chicago at 5:30 p.m.

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The game will be broadcast on depaulbluedemons.com with Zach Zaidman and Laurence Holmes on the call.

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Lewis Basketball

Game Preview

The Lewis University Flyers come calling to McGrath Arena on Friday night for the Blue Demons first and only exhibition game this season.

Lewis is a Division II school from Romeoville, Illinois. The Flyers are coming off a 20-11 season last year where they received a NCAA tournament invitation.

The Flyers lost seven seniors from that team including center Stephen Bolt. Their leading returning scorer is senior forward Jason Genova who averaged 18 ppg last season. Genova was named a Division II Pre-Season Honorable Mention All-American by Street and Smith Magazine. Genova led all scorers with 20 points in Monday's 74-61 exhibition loss at Bradley.

Senior guard Brandon Dagans was named to the Division II Bulletin Preseason All-American Team. He averaged 16.7 ppg for the Flyers last season. Dagans recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in Monday's exhibition opener at Bradley.

Not to be overlooked is sophomore forward Lonnie Lawrence from Bloomington, who does all the little things to win games. Lawrence, who is ferocious on the glass, contributed with eight points and 10 rebounds at Bradley on Monday.

Lewis outrebounded Bradley by a 46-42 margin by outworking the Braves on the boards.

Other starters for the Flyers included freshman center Matt Toth and senior guard Mike Robinson.

The last time the Flyers came to McGrath Arena was two years ago. On November 5, 2006, the Blue Demons defeated first year coach Scott Trost's Flyers by a score of 77-70. Junior forward Karron Clarke led the Blue Demons with 18 points. Sophomore Wilson Chandler managed seven points and 13 rebounds.

The Blue Demons had four players in double figures including Clarke, Wesley Green with 11, Sammy Mejia scored 16, and junior Draelon Burns contributed 11 points off the bench.

The Flyers were led by Dagans who led all scorers with 22 points in the contest.

The Blue Demons will open their regular season at McGrath Arena versus the Albany Great Danes on Monday, November 17th.

Lewis Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (High School)

4 Lorenzo Mendez G 6-2 180 FR Philadelphia, Pa. (Girard College High School)

5 Dalonte Burns G 6-2 185 SO Chicago, Ill. (Noble Street Charter)

10 Chris McClellan G 6-1 160 FR Buffalo Grove, Ill. (Wheeling)

12 Kevin Tonn G 6-1 165 JR Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton North)

20 Ryan Sharp G 6-2 175 SR Plainfield, Ill. (Plainfield Central)

22 Dennis Thomas, Jr. G 6-2 180 SO Milwaukee, Wis. (Bradley Tech)

23 Mike Robinson G 5-11 185 SR Chicago, Ill. (Hales Franciscan)

24 Brandon Dagans G 6-1 170 SR Harvey, Ill. (Thornton)

30 Jason Genova F 6-6 220 SR Chicago, Ill. (St. Patrick)

32 Justin Jarosz F 6-6 205 FR Homer Glen, Ill. (Lockport)

33 Steve Crane C 6-8 230 SO Elmhurst, Ill. (York)

40 Lonnie Lawrence F 6-5 215 SO Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington)

44 Matt Toth F/C 6-8 245 FR Orland Park, Ill. (Sandburg)

50 Marty Strus C 6-10 225 FR Hickory Hills, Ill. (Stagg)

Scott Trost - Head Coach (3rd season)


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