Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi each put up double-doubles and Connecticut, playing its fourth straight game without ailing coach Jim Calhoun, beat DePaul 80-54 on Wednesday night.
Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley scored 22 points each and Notre Dame held off DePaul 84-76 on Saturday for its sixth win in a row.
DePaul coach Oliver Purnell will take a 100-point offensive outburst any day, but he could do without Saturday’s spotty defensive play.
It’s been a frustrating season for Oliver Purnell’s DePaul Blue Demons. But Cleveland Melvin continues to breathe some life into the program.
DePaul couldn’t get their second conference win of the season on Saturday against Villanova, but the Blue Demons did give the Wildcats all they could handle.
The DePaul Blue Demons took a 14 point lead over the Florida Atlantic Owls during the first half and finished the game nine points ahead. This makes it the third straight victory for DePaul.
The Blue Demons were only barely ahead at the half, but pulled away entering the second half. Geoff McCammon scored a career-high in points for Loyola of Chicago, but DePaul refused to fall behind.
The DePaul Blue Demons defeated Chicago State for their season opener. This earned DePaul’s new coach Oliver Purnell his first win at DePaul also.