DePaul Blue Demons vs. Creighton Bluejays - Tuesday, December 23rd, 9:30 p.m. Central – Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
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The DePaul Blue Demons will have revenge on their minds as they enter the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic on Tuesday night.
It was just last year when DePaul dropped their season opener 74-62 at Creighton, a game that set the tone for their non-conference season. DePaul will be looking for payback on Tuesday night.
Many of the familiar faces from that game return for Creighton. The Bluejays were led in that opener by freshman P'Allen Stinnett, who scored 23 points all in the second half. Stinnett is a Las Vegas native, who will look to perform for the hometown crowd in this exempt tournament.
In the semifinals last night the Bluejays got past Fresno State 84-65. Creighton was led by senior guard Booker Woodfox who scored 24 points. Sophomore center Kenny Lawson, Jr. chipped in with 15.
Woodfox is leading the Jays in scoring at 17 ppg, has been their leading scorer in the last five games and has shot from better than 50% from three point territory.
Creighton has won their last six games straight by double-digits. Their only losses were close ones on the road, losing at in-state rival Nebraska 54-52 and Arkansas-Little Rock 71-69.
The Demons and Jays have one common opponent on their non-conference schedule. Creighton defeated the Southern University Jaguars 71-60, while DePaul ran away from Southern 83-46.
The Bluejays are one of the most efficient teams on offense that DePaul has met this season. They rarely turn the ball over, they shoot the ball well from both inside and the perimeter, are patient on offense, and shoot well from the charity stripe. Creighton shot 47.5% from the field against Fresno State, 40% from behind the arc, and 80% from the free throw line. The Jays are notorious for pounding the ball inside and passing out to the wing for open three pointers.
Creighton excels on the defensive end too. Stinnett and senior guard J.G. Dotzler both have a reputation for stealing the ball.
To have a chance in this one, DePaul can not afford to be careless with the ball, must crash the boards on both ends, and be prepared to play solid defense for a full 35 seconds on each possession.
The Last Time
On November 10, 2007, wearing black road uniforms for the first time - the Blue Demons dropped their season opener at Creighton 74-62. CU freshman P'Allen Stinnett had a breakout game in his debut scoring 23 points in the second half to lead all scorers. DePaul was led by sophomore guard Will Walker with 13 points, while senior center Wesley Green added 10 for the Blue Demons.
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
1 Justin Carter G/F 6-4 200 Jr. Gaithersburg, Md., (Fullerton College) (Watkins Mill HS)
3 Cavel Witter G 6-0 165 Jr. Kansas City, Mo. (Trinity Valley CC) (Ruskin HS)
5 Dustin Sitzmann G 6-0 180 Sr. LeMars, Iowa (Gehlen Catholic)
10 P'Allen Stinnett G 6-3 180 So. Las Vegas, Nev. (Brewster Academy [N.H.])
12 Josh Dotzler G 6-1 175 Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Bellevue West)
13 Chad Millard F 6-8 225 Jr. Goffstown, N.H. (Brewster Academy/Louisville)
14 Booker Woodfox G 6-1 185 Sr. Lewisville, Texas (San Jacinto College) (Lewisville HS)
15 Kaleb Korver G 6-5 190 So. Pella, Iowa (Pella)
23 Josh Jones G 6-2 190 Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Central)
24 Matt Dorwart F 6-7 180 Fr. Sidney, Neb. (Sidney)
25 Kenny Lawson Jr. C 6-9 245 So. Oceanside, Calif. (Vista)
30 Antoine Young G 6-0 165 Fr. Bellevue, Neb. (West)
32 Casey Harriman F 6-5 205 So. Ida Grove, Iowa (Battle Creek-Ida Grove)
40 Derek Sebastian G/F 6-5 185 Fr. Loveland, Colo. (Thompson Valley)
41 Kenton Walker F/C 6-9 235 So. San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)
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