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DePaul wins again as Blue Demons take down Central Michigan 88-75

DePaul Won x7

NCAA Basketball: DePaul at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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For the seventh consecutive time this season, we’re starting off a recap by telling you that, yes, DePaul won. The Blue Demons sent the Central Michigan Chippewas back to Mt. Pleasant with their second loss of the season after an 88-75 win in favor of the good guys.

This win was absolutely not hard to grab. Central Michigan put it on DePaul for much of the first half. They led by as much as 18 points, both at the 2:58 mark of the first half and at the break. It didn’t seem likely that the Blue Demons would be celebrating their seventh win of the season after that went down, but this DePaul team just did not fold at all.

Seven straight points out of the break from Paul Reed and Jalen Coleman-Lands helped cut the deficit to 13. They cut it to single digits a few minutes later, and then down to five after a 3-pointer splashed in for Coleman-Lands. The Chippewas retaliated to swell the lead up to nine points, but the tide turned dramatically after that.

The Blue Demons went on an 18-0 run that shifted that nine-point deficit into a nine-point lead for the guys in blue and red. DePaul would maintain the lead after that, and go up by as many as 13 points, the final margin of victory for the game after a layup by Charlie Moore with 19 seconds to go. This was an absolutely impressive win and seems to suggest that things are very, very much different for DePaul this time around.

Leading the way once again for DePaul was Paul Reed. Reed’s sensational start to the season marched on again as he put up 23 points with 11 rebounds to boot. He shot 10-of-14 on 2-pointers and went a hearty 3-for-3 at the line, proving to be a force once again for this team. Charlie Moore wasn’t too bad himself, as he had a double-double with 18 points and 13 assists on the night.

Jalen Coleman-Lands’ slow start to the season appears to have been vanquished. Coleman-Lands went 6-for-12 from 3-point land and finished with 21 points on the night. He helped the Blue Demons out big time at the 3-point line as he was responsible for six of their seven 3-pointers on the night. More shots certainly could’ve fallen for them from deep as they finished with a ghoulish 29.2 percent mark on the night, but Jalen was making it happen from there nonetheless.

Jaylen Butz helped round things out as he was the fourth player on the night to finish in double figures for DePaul. Butz scored 15 points and recorded a double-double too, as the junior piled up 11 rebounds, four coming on the offensive glass, the most of anyone on the team. Darious Hall came very close to getting to double figures, as he went for nine points on the evening with eight boards to boot.

DePaul will continue their trek into uncharted waters later this week when they hit the road to Minneapolis. The Blue Demons are set to face the Big Ten’s Minnesota Golden Gophers, who are off to a 3-3 start to the season, with two consecutive wins under their belts to North Dakota and, coincidentally, Central Michigan.

Will we get DePaul Won x8? I mean, at this point? You just have to wonder.