DePaul is on a roll as of late as they brought their three-game winning streak to Des Moines for a Wednesday matchup against the Drake Bulldogs.
After starting the season with one win and three losses, Dave Leitao's side has turned it around as of late and Wednesday night was be no different as the Blue Demons would walk out of the Knapp Center with their fourth consecutive win, to the tune of 74-71.
It was an interesting game to say the least, as DePaul sought to control the game from the onset with a quick and early 14-2 run in the first half. It looked to be enough for them to begin to settle in for the night, but Drake had other plans. Led by Reed Timmer and his game-high 30 points, the Bulldogs slowly but surely found themselves back in the mix of the game.
Though Drake would actually only lead the game for only a mere 44 seconds, they were still well within earshot of the lead for most of the game.
DePaul's leading scorer on the night was Billy Garrett Jr., who led with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting. His efforts were also complemented by those of Eli Cain and Tommy Hamilton, both of whom finished with 13 points apiece. Hamilton would also lead the Blue Demons in rebounds with nine on the night.
DePaul had an issue with fouls tonight. While Garret Jr. had a great night, he also fouled out of the game. Hamilton finished with three fouls but also received as technical foul as well, and both Etren Gazi and Myke Henry came close to fouling out, finishing four fouls a piece. Total team fouls came to 24 for DePaul and 16 for Drake, who kept fouls low but did have Kale Abrahamson foul out.
It's safe to say that DePaul is in a groove with now four straight wins under their belt. Whether the streak can continue will left to be seen as the Blue Demons have a difficult stretch of games coming up in the run up to conference play.
For now though, Dave Leitao has his side firing, and they are looking like a tough team going forward.