Following their disheartening loss to local foe Northwestern on Saturday night, the DePaul Blue Demons needed a morale boost.
They got just that at the Rosemont Horizon on Tuesday night, as they defeated the Southland’s Lamar Cardinals by an 80-61 margin.
The Blue Demons grabbed an early lead and kept building upon it, which is something they haven’t done too often this season. Most of their games have had a back-and-forth aspect to them. This one didn’t. DePaul led for nearly 36 of the game’s 40 minutes, and led by as many as 26 at one point.
Eli Cain led the Blue Demons with 21 points. Cain continues to be one of the most impressive scorers in the Big East through nonconference play, as he now has five 20+ point performances in seven games. Billy Garrett added 15 of his own, while RJ Curington had a season-high 11, and Tre’Darius McCallum came just shy of a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. Freshman big man Levi Cook also had a strong showing with six points and six rebounds.
For Lamar, Dorian Chatman led the way with 21 points, but things weren’t pretty for the Cardinal, as they shot just 30 percent.
While this was an expected win for DePaul, it’s always nice for fans and players alike to see a blowout of an inferior opponent. As mentioned above, things were rough for DePaul against Northwestern on Saturday. To be able to bounce back and stop the bleeding instead of letting things spiral is a step in the right direction for DePaul.
The Blue Demons now head to Miami to take on Temple in the HoopHall Miami Invitational on Saturday morning.