Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Five Things To Take Away From DePaul's 75-62 Victory Over Seton Hall

Here are five things to take away from DePaul's 75-62 victory of Seton Hall:

1) Jamee Crockett:

Crockett finished with a team-high 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field for DePaul (12-12 Overall, 6-5 Big East).

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell was proud of the overall effort Crockett gave on both sides of the ball.

"I thought [Jamee] was good defensively and he made big shot after big shot," Purnell said.

2) Sterling Gibbs Carrying The Load:

Despite Sterling Gibbs scoring 21 on 6-of-14 shooting, the rest of the Pirates struggled from the field as it went 12-for-36.

More alarming for Seton Hall (15-7 Overall, 5-5 Big East) was being stagnant in the last six minutes of the game, missing 12 of its last 13 shots. 

3) Free-Throw Shooting:

Seton Hall managed to hang in the game through its free-throw shooting— converting 23-of-26 attempts compared to the Blue Demons going 10-for-13.

Despite only going to the line 13 times, Purnell knows that execution is key no matter the situation.

"When you finish a game by getting rebounds and making foul shots, 95 percent of the time you will win," Purnell said.

4) DePaul Completes Regular-Season Sweep Of Seton Hall:

For the first time in Oliver Purnell era, DePaul completed a regular-season sweep of a BIG EAST opponent— Seton Hall.

Even with the wins against Seton Hall, Purnell knows any win in conference play is important.

"Anytime you get a win in the BIG EAST, it is important," Purnell said. "I thought we handled [Seton Hall's] run early in the game and we met the challenge against a good basketball team. It is more important for us to build momentum going into the second half of conference play."

5) Rebounds:

Despite out-rebounding Seton Hall 37-27, a huge turning point for DePaul came in the first half when Desi Rodriguez grabbed three straight offensive rebounds, which forced Purnell to call timeout and get the players motivated.

"We just wanted to remind our guys that it is very difficult to have a good defensive game unless you rebound," Purnell said. "There it was in living color in the first half, when we gave up three straight offensive rebounds, but we gave up only one for the rest of the half."

Looking Ahead:

On Feb. 7, Seton Hall returns home to play Marquette at 11 a.m. CT, while DePaul will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse as it takes on No. 22 Butler on Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. CT.

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