The DePaul Blue Demons have fallen to 4-2 on the year after getting spanked by the Northwestern Wildcats.
The Wildcats won the Big Ten-Big East tilt 80-64 in a game that was hardly ever close. At halftime, Northwestern held a ridiculous 54-18 lead over the Blue Demons who looked woeful and listless at times during the first half of play. The second half didn’t fare much better, but DePaul scored a boatload more points and at least made it competitive towards the conclusion of the game.
DePaul finished the game shooting 32.8 percent from the field and a mere 10 percent from the 3-point line. Darrick Wood and Joe Hanel led all scorers with 15 and 11 points respectively. Eli Cain was able to score nine points, but did so on nine shots. Billy Garrett scored 11 but missed eight of his nine field goal attempts he took during the game. All of his points came from the free throw line with the exception a 3-pointer late in the game.
Needless to say this was inarguably the worst performance of the year so far for the Blue Demons. Northwestern is a solid team from the Big Ten Conference who gave Butler a very hard time at Hinkle Fieldhouse earlier in the year. However, they’re far from a juggernaut and to fall behind in the fashion was simply absurd. The second half performance certainly leaves reason to at least be prideful of the fact that they fought their way back to decency. However, the first half was still as lackluster as it’s been recently, and you hope that the Blue Demons respond well in their next tilt.