On Wednesday night, Bozeman returned to the arena where his University of California team ran to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 1993 with an upset of the Duke Blue Devils. He repeated history as his Morgan State Bears (4-6) upset the DePaul Blue Demons (4-3) 79-75 on their home floor.
"The locker room looks the same," said Bozeman. "It brought back memories, because this was the place where I had the greatest moment of my coaching career."
DePaul had led by as much as 10 points with 14 minutes to play in the game. The Blue Demons, who shot 44.4% in the first half, shot 27.6% in the second half and struggled to score down the stretch.
Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes scored 29 points to lead all scorers. 23 of his points came in the second half. Holmes went five of nine from behind the arc to heat up the Bears. "Reggie Holmes made some big shots," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "He certainly was their main guy. Give him credit."
Four players finished in double-figures for Morgan State. Forward Marquise Kately contributed 16 points, while guard Rogers Barnes chipped in with 13 points. Jermaine "Itchy" Bolden finished with 12.
"They hit some key shots," said DePaul guard Michael Bizoukas. "We didn't execute at the end. At this level anybody can play, so you've got to be ready every night."
"The Morgan State kids were a little bit tougher in terms of their execution and their shot-making," observed Wainwright. "It ultimately cost us. We gave up baskets with mental breakdowns."
"We're not a very good offensive team right now," Wainwright said. "We're not finishing plays. We're not playing with a lot of confidence on the offensive end. We just have to keep working at that."
DePaul was led by sophomore Dar Tucker with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Mac Koshwal returned to the DePaul lineup after missing the game at Northwestern on Saturday with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Koshwal started the game and finished with 15 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes of play. "He seems to be healthy," said Wainwright. "His foot seems to be fine."
The Blue Demons now have little time to regroup as they leave for the west coast on Thursday for the Wooden Classic in Anaheim where they will meet UCLA on Saturday. "We have to find what we have to do to fix it, and fix it very soon because we have a top 10 team coming up," said DePaul junior guard Will Walker, who scored 14 in the contest. "How we're playing now isn't going to cut it."
"Every loss hurts hurts," Bizoukas said. "We definitely do have to keep our spirits up though. It's a long season."
Dar Tucker has now scored 20 or more points in seven of his last 11 games dating back to last season.
This was DePaul's first home loss of the season.
Jabari Currie moved into 21st place on DePaul's all-time assist list and now has 255 career handouts.
DePaul's 44 points in the first half was the most the Blue Demons have scored in a half this season.
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