DePaul had key contributions from freshman walkon Ryan Siggins and freshman forward Tony Freeland, who made his debut in a DePaul uniform today. Freeland, who had just two practices under his belt, scored three points and grabbed five rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
Siggins scored five points and corralled five rebounds and dished out two assists in his 24 minutes of play. Yet where Siggins contributed most was on the defensive end.
"The guy he guarded (Thomas Kennedy) was the guy that he was in practice," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "He knew their offense pretty well. He did a wonderful job defensively on him."
Siggins was rewarded with playing time for stepping up in practice on a daily basis. He was prepared when Wainwright called his number.
"I was ready to play," said Siggins. "I got some minutes in the Virgin Islands, so I was ready."
Playing without junior center Mac Koshwal for the second game, DePaul has been requiring a total team effort.
"We're getting contributions from a lot of different people," said Wainwright.
With 3:45 to go in overtime, sophomore guard Jeremiah Kelly dropped a three pointer to put DePaul ahead 61-60 while Michael Bizoukas was at the scorer's table waiting to substitute in for him.
"I thought the biggest shot of the game was Jeremiah Kelly's three as I was trying to sub for him and I was yelling at him constantly," said Wainwright. "As he ran by me he said ‘Don't you dare take me out.'"
The game was knotted up at 63-63 with 49 seconds remaining in overtime when senior guard Will Walker pulled up and drained a 25 foot jumpshot (with an assist from Kelly) for three points to put the Blue Demons ahead.
"He made a big three that was just a huge possession," said Titans coach Ray McCallum.
Then with 13 seconds left, Siggins rebounded a Chase Simon missed three pointer and tossed up a pass to his roommate Eric Wallace for a slam dunk that sealed the win for DePaul with seven seconds to go.
"He's tough as nails," Wallace said of Siggins. "He can really shoot it. He's a big asset to the team."
The Blue Demons held Detroit's leading scorer Eli Holman to six points and six rebounds. Wallace drew the assignment of guarding Holman much of the time.
"The biggest thing I liked to do is front him and limit his catches," Wallace said. "We got him in a little bit of foul trouble and get him on the bench a little bit. We did a good job with help defense. Guys had my back."
Four Titans finished in double-figures. Kennedy led the way with 17 points, while Simon scored 16. Junior guard Lamar Lee pouring in 13 points and junior forward Xavier Keeling finished with 12.
The Demons now prepare for Alabama State which comes into Allstate Arena on Saturday night. They will likely still be without Koshwal as he waits out his left foot injury.
"We have to spend a lot of time now regrouping and figuring out what we're going to do without Mac," said Wainwright. "We haven't had a lot of time to figure that out."
Wainwright didn't have a timeframe for Koshwal's return to the court. "Now it's just a matter of getting the right evaluation," he said.
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