NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Brandon Young #20 of the DePaul Blue Demons is fouled by Roscoe Smith #22 of the Connecticut Huskies at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Struggles in the final 30 seconds of the game proved to be fatal for DePaul, which lost 70-68 to Ole Miss on Thursday night.
The DePaul Blue Demons fashioned a pretty good comeback in the second half of Thursday night's game against the Ole Miss Rebels, even taking a 68-66 lead with just 25 second left, but couldn't hold on as the Rebels won 70-68 at Allstate Arena.
Despite trailing for essentially the entire second half, the Blue Demons took a 67-66 lead with 39 second left on a layup from Brandon Young. The guard actually had a chance to make it a three-point play, but missed the free throw. This was just the beginning of the woes from the charity stripe for DePaul. Cleveland Melvin grabbed an offensive rebound on Young's miss from the line, but he was only able to connect on one of his two attempts from the line.
After Jarvis Summers knocked down a jumper for Ole Miss to tie the game at 68, Jeremiah Kelly missed consecutive free throws for DePaul with the lead on the line, handing the ball back to the Rebels. Murphy Holloway scored what proved to be the game-winning basket on a layup with 12 seconds left, and the Blue Demons couldn't even get off a shot on the other end before turning the ball over. It was a pretty disappointing end to what had been an impressive comeback, with DePaul missing four free throws and committing two turnovers in the final 30 seconds with the game on the line.
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