DePaul tops Providence to end Big East losing streak

Jeremiah Kelly tries to power through Julian Vaughn.

It's over. DePaul doesn't have to worry about the stigma of losing every Big East game. The Blue Demons went to Providence on Thursday night on ESPN2 and beat the Friars, 79-76. Unfortunately I didn't see the game as I was at Chicago State, but I did listen to Zach Zaidman's call of the final 10 minutes on WSCR 670 on the ride home.

It was quite the way to experience the game as Providence whittled the 13-point lead back down before the Blue Demons held on late. Player after player hit big shots for the Blue Demons down the stretch. After three narrow conference losses, DePaul finally made the plays down the stretch to get the win. Cleveland Melvin, Jimmy Drew and Jeremiah Kelly all made clutch plays in the final four minutes that ended up winning the game for the Blue Demons.
Kelly especially had a huge game with a career-high 23 points. He also had 6 steals, 5 boards and 3 assists. Thanks to 4-7 three-point shooting and 7-8 foul shooting he needed just 13 shots from the field to score those 23 points, a really impressive rate.
Other thing I'm glad to see? 8-15 three-point shooting overall. Of course Villanova comes to town on Saturday. I'll have a Q&A up about the Wildcats tomorrow morning sometime. But for now, it's time to celebrate. The 24-game Big East losing streak is over and the Blue Demons have a road win.

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  • Great win for the Demons.. Looking forward to next year with Melvin and Young.

  • In reply to DemonDog:

    I'm excited for Moses Morgan's play too. He's played much better during Big East play. I think he can be a big contributor next season as well.

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