The story of the Huskies' game revolved around dominant defense from C Andre Drummond (5 reb, 4 blk) and C-F Alex Oriakhi (7 reb, 4 blk) and explosive shooting from G Ryan Boatright (19 pts, 7 ast) and Jeremy Lamb (25 pts, 4 ast). Altogether, the Huskies out-rebounded the Blue Demons 36 to 29 and had a combined 10 blocks to DePaul's 3. Offensively, the Blue Demons were out-shot from both the suburbs (.534 versus .324 on two-point field goals) and downtown (.615 versus .364 on three-point attempts).
The Blue Demons did perform well on free throws (.867 or 13 for 15) and got big scores from a pair of sophomores -- F Cleveland Melvin (19 pts, 9 reb) and F Moses Morgan (19 pts, 2 ast) -- but could not find a enough of a rhythm against the Huskies. Sophomore G Brandon Young, who averaged 14.8 points per game during the season, landed only one field goal and four free throws for a combined 6 points on the day.
After Tuesday's first round, the Big East Championship continues on Wednesday with the Connecticut Huskies facies the No. 8-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers.
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