DePaul Takes the Sting Out of Hornets

The DePaul Blue Demons (5-1) removed the sting from the Alabama State Hornets (1-4) in their 58-50 victory at Allstate Arena on Wednesday night. DePaul pulled out the win despite losing the rebounding battle and shooting poorly from the free throw line.

The Blue Demons never trailed in the contest. DePaul, who had led by as much as 13 with 13:43 to go in the first half, kept letting the Hornets back in the game by playing their bench players. It was like a cat toying with a mouse. DePaul played 11 players including walkons Nate Rogers and Ryan Siggins.

DePaul's defensive effort was solid as they held Alabama State to 32.7% from the field.

"We're really defending right now and I'm proud of them," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright.

Wainwright was frustrated as he vented about DePaul shooting 51.4% from the free throw line.

"It is totally, totally unacceptable," Wainwright said. "I'm sick of practicing them. I'm sick of watching them making them in practice. I am disappointed in my team and disappointed in what we do at the free throw line. The bottom line is we have to step up and make them."

The Blue Demons were outrebounded by a 42-31 margin. With junior center Mac Koshwal sidelined with a foot injury, rebounding could be a concern for DePaul with upcoming games against Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

"We had a lot of balls bounce out of our hands," Wainwright said.

"We just have to be better on the glass," said senior guard Will Walker, who led DePaul with 21 points on six of 14 shooting. "I think it's the guards. We have to start rebounding more. We have to step up and do that in the future."

Sophomore forward Eric Wallace finished with a near double-double of nine points and nine rebounds. Fellow sophomore Devin Hill scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Highland Park native Menji Mundadi led the way for the Hornets with 13 points.

Big Mac

DePaul officially addressed the status of junior forward Mac Koshwal today. The 6-10 forward will miss three to four weeks of action due to a left foot injury.

"In a situation like this, you always want to be cautious with an individual player," Wainwright said in a statement. "As a team, I feel like this is a situation that will only make us better down the road."

"We've already seen flashes of guys stepping into Mac's place over our last two games. This experience for Mac, the rotation of our post players and the entire team over the next few weeks will only make us better as we get into the Big East schedule."

While the team warmed up tonight, Koshwal appeared to be moving around much better while wearing a protective boot.

"The last day or two, he's really come out of the blues," Wainwright said. "He needs to be ready to go when he's healthy."

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