The DePaul Men’s Basketball program had only played 2 games on the season up until last night, for a mild record of 1 win and 1 loss. After a myriad of cancellations for the program, they desperately wanted to log more games on their résumé to keep up with their Big East brethren. And well, they certainly had an opportunity to do so Wednesday night.
In their third matchup of the season, DePaul was handled by UConn, 82-61. The Blue Demons failed to grab a lead at any point in the game, and the Huskies managed to blow it open in the second half.
Preseason All-Big East 1st-Team selection Charlie Moore struggled. Moore netted just eight points on a 4-for-12 mark from the field. Romeo Weems, who dropped 21 points on Providence in the prior game also found difficulty in putting the ball in the basketball, while only adding 6 points on 3/8 from the field.
UConn, on the other hand, found the secondary scoring to complement James Bouknight that they were looking for. Rhode Island-transfer Tyrese Martin scored 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds, while RJ Cole had a nice bounce-back game following his struggles against Creighton with 8 points and 6 assists. Additionally, Josh Carlton continues to show his impact energy off the bench by grabbing a double-double for himself with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Bouknight tallied a casual 20 points, including a highlight slam-dunk that continues to showcase his NBA-level talents.
With UConn’s next scheduled game on January 2nd against Villanova cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Villanova program, the Huskies will have to wait until 1/5 to square up against Marquette in Milwaukee. DePaul will look to rebound against St. John’s in New York in the new year.