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DePaul vs. Colorado: Halftime Notes

At the break, the Blue Demons trail the Buffaloes 36-33 in this Diamond Head Classic quarterfinal matchup.

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  • Colorado had opened this up to a 17-4 lead by the 13 minute mark of the first half.  Most of this was due to the fact that DePaul couldn't seem to hit anything, while Colorado literally didn't miss a shot (unless the player's name is Xavier Johnson).
  • This game has been the complete adverse of how DePaul has played this season.  They're shooting very poorly, but they're managing to hold their own in the rebounding battle against Colorado.  It's quite frustrating that DePaul can only seem to do one or the other.  Never both.
  • Unsurprisingly, Askia Booker has been the offensive catalyst for this Colorado team, scoring 12 points on 3/5 shooting (he was 6/6 from the free throw line).  DePaul seemingly had no answer for him early on.  He was able to drive the lane and even when they did work over to pressure him, he was able to feed the ball to one of Colorado's many other offensive assets.
  • DePaul had a few runs in them though, as they were able to string together a series of trips to the free throw line and good drives to the basket in order to pull this game within one point with about 6 minutes to go.
  • If DePaul was able to shoot like they have been in past games this season, there is no doubt they would be winning this one.  They're only hitting about 31% of the shots they're putting up.  Very disappointing for a typically good shooting team.  The Blue Demons are very lucky that Colorado has cooled down as well.
  • DePaul's press has given Colorado headaches tonight.  One of the main reasons for DePaul being able to come back in this one was the fact that they were continually forcing turnovers (usually before the Buffaloes could even get the ball across halfcourt).  They haven't been able to capitalize as greatly as one would hope, but anything is better than allowing Colorado to get whatever they want on the offensive end.