DePaul appears weaker than most when it comes to defense, but a quick stop to DeKalb gave the Demons a much needed break as they took on a winless Northern Illinois squad. The first half was a rerun of the Chicago State game where DePaul would struggle to keep the huskies out of the paint. The Demons would just hang on at the end of one with a 28 -25 lead. It’s no surprise that Coach Oliver Purnell is frustrated with his team’s lack of defensive presence, and it usually shows in the second half. Anyone who goes to a DePaul game knows that the best time to show up is the second half, for this is when the team shows up.
The Demons piled it on in the second behind the unstoppable efforts of Run J.B.C. “J”eremaih Kelly hit 3 for 6 from behind the arc finishing with 15, and “B”randon Young grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 5 assists to complement his 16 points in the game. Big East rookie of the year “C”leveand Melvin continued to polish his draft resume with 19 points and 4 rebounds. The Demons scored 47 in the second half while holding the huskies to 27. The final score was 75 – 52. The Huskies now 0- 9 , didn’t show much of anything against the struggling DePaul, but their mediocre play gave the demons some much needed confidence as the team wraps up its non-conference schedule. The fast break seemed to flow for the Demons in the game agianst Northern Illinois should be tested out on these last two non – conference games. Offensively DePaul is shooting well, but without an effective post game, the demons are going to remain a soley a run and gun team.
The questions regarding DePaul’s post game are aplenty, with many focused on big man Krys Faber. Faber is still struggling with his foot placement on post up moves and is still slow to grabbing rebounds. 3 out of 4 of Fabers rebounds were offensive, but once again he lost the battle of the boards to husky senior Tim Tolar who had 13.Faber also continues to find himself in foul trouble, finishing with 4 against the huskies. His only positive highlight was his free throw shooting which he finished with a perfect 4 – 4 from the stripe. It would be beneficial to his game if he was more active offensively, for he could get to the line more frequently. Faber’s game is designed around cautiousness. When he’s on defense awaiting the opposing forward slashing to the basket, he’s spending too much time standing in the paint contemplating his next move, for when it’s time to put his hands up he gets called for the foul. Derrell Robertson the freshman back up, is showing more growth in this area then Faber, and is also showing more of an offensive presecse.
Next home game is Saturday December 17th DePaul (7-3) vs. Arkansas – Pine bluff (1-7)
Prediction DePaul wins 67 – 56