DePaul Blue Demons vs. St. Joseph's Hawks – Monday, November 23rd, 5 p.m. Central – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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During the second half of DePaul's 57-53 loss to Tennessee on Sunday night, a maintenance worker attempted to repair DePaul's basket with duct tape. When it comes to DePaul's defense, there hasn't been any such duct tape or band-aid type approach.
Instead DePaul Coach Jerry Wainwright has tore down his team and built his defense back up from scratch. Last season, the Blue Demons's defense was porous. DePaul gave up an average of 72.4 points and had a defensive field goal percentage of 45.9%.
Through three games, DePaul (2-1) has held opponents to 54 ppg and has a defensive field goal percentage of 37.1%.
On Monday night, DePaul's defense will be tested again against the St. Joes Hawks (3-1). While their offense isn't as high-octane as Tennessee's, St. Joes likes to get out in transition. If there is an open look in transition, they will take the shot immediately.
The Hawks are a very perimeter-oriented squad, but lack an interior presence. After being dominated on the boards by Tennessee, it's important that the Demons get after the rebounds in this game.
St. Joes is led by senior guard Garrett Williamson. In the Hawks 84-80 win over Boston College in the opening round of the Paradise Jam, Williamson scored 18 points.
Senior guard Darrin Govens scored 23 points in the Hawks' 77-67 overtime win over Drexel. In the second half of the Boston College win, he hit three of his game-high four 3-pointers in a span of six minutes. Govens leads the team with 15 3-pointers made this season.
Freshman guard Carl Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week this week after averaging averaged 17.5 points in wins over Holy Cross and Boston College.
Also scoring in double-figures for the Hawks is junior forward Idris Hilliard at 11.3 ppg. Hilliard was once recruited by the Blue Demons.
The Series: The last time DePaul met St. Joes, the Hawks prevailed in a 65-62 win over the Blue Demons on December 21st, 2002 in Philadelphia.
Of course the most memorable game between the two schools was played on March 14, 1981 in the NCAA Second Round in Dayton. It was one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history as the Hawks defeated #1 ranked DePaul, 49-48.
St. Joseph Roster
NO. NAME YR. POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
1 Chris Prescott So. G 6-2 188 Bloomfield, Conn. Northwest Catholic
2 Todd O'Brien So. F 6-11 248 New Holland, Pa. Garden Spot
5 C.J. Brown Sr. G 5-11 175 Newark, Del. Caravel Academy
11 Charoy Bentley Jr. G 5-11 181 West Haven, Conn. Harding
12 Justin Crosgile Fr. G 5-11 179 Paterson, N.J. DePaul
13 Darrin Govens Sr. G 6-0 187 Chester, Pa. Chester
15 Garrett Williamson Sr. G 6-5 200 Lower Merion, Pa. Lower Merion
21 Temi Adebayo So. C 6-11 236 Ibadan, Nigeria Montrose Christian (Md.)
32 Idris Hilliard Jr. F 6-7 220 Roselle, N.J. The Hun School
35 Carl Jones Fr. G 5-11 146 Garfield Heights, Ohio Garfield Heights
40 Bryant Irwin So. F 6-7 218 Bridgeport, W. Va. Bridgeport
42 Carl Baptiste Fr. F 6-8 240 Pittstown, N.J. North Hunterdon
45 A.J. Rogers So. F 6-6 220 Rosedale, N.Y. St. Anthony (N.J.)
55 Mike Auriemma So. G 6-1 183 Manchester, Conn. The Hun School (N.J.)
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