For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the DePaul Blue Demons have swept a Big East opponent.
DePaul picked up a 97-93 victory against the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday night in Newark, picking up where they left off in their 75-74 win over Seton Hall earlier this month in Chicago.
Paul Reed had the best game of his collegiate career, scoring a career-high 22 points, tying his career-high with 14 rebounds, and blocking three shots, including a Myles Powell three-point attempt near the end of the game when the Blue Demons were up by five. Fellow big man Femi Olujobi also recorded a double-double, with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Dave Leitao has realized the talent of the big men on his roster and is starting to really show it. Not to be overlooked, Max Strus also had 22 points.
Aside from that strong play, the two big stories for DePaul were rebounding and free throws. The Blue Demons held a 42-19 edge on the boards, with Reed and Olujobi obviously leading the way. DePaul went a staggering 29-32 (.906) from the line, as they scored the most points of any team that has played Seton Hall in Newark since 2006.
The Pirates suddenly are in a bit of a jam. They’ve lost four of their last five games after starting Big East play 2-0, and the one win came in a tight affair with Butler. Quincy McKnight (25 points) and Myles Powell (24 points) both played well, but the defense wasn’t up to par and the rebounding margin did them in. The Pirates also missed eight (16-24) free throws, which looms large in a four-point loss.
The good news for Seton Hall is it’s still early, and they have good victories in the bank. They fall to 12-7 as they head to Philadelphia for a big clash with Villanova next Sunday.
Meanwhile, DePaul improves to 11-6 on the year and will head north for a meeting with Marquette on Wednesday night.