Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Five Things To Take Away From DePaul's 80-62 Win Over Drake

Here are five things to take away from DePaul’s 80-62 win over Drake at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
1) DePaul Containing Jacob Enevold:
After Billy Garrett Jr.’s three opened the scoring at the 18:43 mark, Drake (0-2) responded with four straight points highlighted by a layup from Drake’s Jacob Enevold as he blew by Tommy Hamilton IV, which prompted coach Oliver Purnell to call timeout with 17:39 in the first half.
Enevold would go on to score two more points from the foul line as he struggled from the field going 1-of-5.
Purnell credited his defense on neutralizing Enevold.
“I thought our defense picked it up especially in the last ten minutes,” Purnell said. “We threw in man-to-man and zone defenses, which slowed Jacob and the team down a bit.”
2) Depaul’s Balanced Scoring:
Five players including four of the five starters from DePaul (2-0) finished in double figures (Billy Garrett Jr. 15, Myke Henry 13, Jamee Crockett 12 and Durrell McDonald 11). Forrest Robinson also scored 11 off the bench.
Garrett Jr. credited the practice sessions after the University of Illinois-Chicago game as the main factor in the team’s scoring balance.
“We focused a lot in practice and it showed for 35 minutes,” Garrett Jr. said. “We did the little things throughout the game and it showed in the result.”
3) Three-Point Shooting:
The Blue Demons were able to move the ball at a free-flowing pace, which translated from long range as it went 9-for-20 (45 percent), while the Bulldogs made 4-of-12 (33.3 percent). Nine of Robinson’s 11 points came off of three-point makes.
4) Drake’s Chris Caird:
In the loss, Caird led all scorers with 19 and was the Bulldogs’ most consistent player on the court.
Caird went 6-of-15 from the field, 3-for-7 from long range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
5) Did Somebody Say McDonald?
Durrell McDonald put together a solid all-around performance for DePaul with ten points and game-highs in rebounds and assists with seven and six, respectively.
McDonald’s highlight of the game came courtesy of an alley-oop pass to Henry in the first half for the dunk to cap a DePaul 10-2 run.
Looking Ahead:
Drake looks for its first win on the season as it travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., to play Western Michigan on Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at University Arena, while DePaul returns to action on Nov. 26 as it hosts Lehigh.
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