Rosemont, IL (Sports Network) - Brandon Young scored 15 points and handed out
five assists to help lead the DePaul Blue Demons to a 69-64 win over the
Northern Illinois Huskies in non-conference play at Allstate Arena.
Also scoring in double figures for the Blue Demons (8-3), as they won for the
sixth time in as many games, were Jamee Crockett and Cleveland Melvin with 14
and 12 points, respectively.
The Huskies (2-7) were paced by Abdel Nader who tallied a game-high 20 points
and also tied for the game high with six rebounds, but still NIU was turned
away for the second straight game. Akeem Springs checked in with 11 points in
17 minutes off the bench, but at the same time was charged with six turnovers.
A tight game throughout, the Huskies led by as many as four points late in the
first half, but because they allowed the hosts to shoot 52.0 percent from the
floor in the period, it was DePaul that moved out to a 33-31 edge at the
In the second half the Blue Demons pulled ahead by seven at the 15:09 mark,
but in a game that featured 10 ties and 14 lead changes, DePaul had to hold on
down the stretch to keep its win streak alive.
Northern Illinois won the battle of the boards, 39-29, but the team was guilty
of 22 turnovers and was outscored at the free-throw line by a 21-7 margin.
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