DePaul Demonizes Oregon St.

Devon Collier had a game high 32 points, 22 in the first half, to lead Oregon St., but foul problems prevented the Beavers from giving him enough help against DePaul, as the Blue Demons claimed a 12 point win. - Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Demons Bounce Beavers By 12

Oregon St  ran into a different style of play, and a different style of officiating Sunday, and struggled with both. DePaul controlled most of the game at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, on their way to a 93-81 win that snapped both their 2 game losing streak, and a 3 game Oregon St. winning streak.

The Blue Demons from the Big East played a more aggressive style of ball, and also seemed to adapt better to the officiating.

It wasn't a disparate number of fouls called; the Blue Demons actually had 22 called on them to 20 on the Beavers in the marathon that lasted over 2 1/4 hours. But the fouls seemed to hurt Oregon St. more than they did DePaul.

It was all Devon Collier in the early going for Oregon St.. Collier had 22 first half points, and the lack of other scoring options for the Beavers saw DePaul control most of the first half.

After the Beavers led early 2-0 and 4-2, 9-0 and 7-1 Blue Demon runs got DePaul started on their way to what was a 12 point, 33-21 lead, on Brandon Young's 2 + 1. That also forced Oregon St. out of zone defenses, and into man, before the Beavers were able to battle back to eventually tie the game.

Collier got off to a 6 of 7 start from both the field and at the free throw line, all in the paint, and his 20th point of the first half cut the deficit to 35-30.

Roberto Nelson, who picked up 2 early fouls, followed with an NBA range 3 pointer, and Collier's 8th basket of the half tied the game at 39 apiece 1:25 left before the break. But a 4-0 DePaul run made it 43-39 at the half.

Nelson had only 8 at the break, and while Young was the only Blue Demon in double digits so far, with 11 points, both Cleveland Melvin, who had the spectacular play of the first half, a thunderous dunk when Oregon St. lost him on a back door cut, and Tommy Hamilton IV had 9 apiece.

Angus Brandt had 5 of his 6 total points to jump start Oregon St. to start the second half, but Melvin had 7 for DePaul, and the Blue Demons opened a double digit 54-44 lead barely 3 minutes after the break on Billy Garrett's jumper.

Beavers head coach Craig Robinson was forced into an early timeout, still down 10 a minute later, but Collier picked up his 3rd foul at the 14:53 mark, and Nelson got his 3rd 43 seconds later.

After his strong first half, Collier didn't record his first second half points until a steal and dunk at 13:45, as DePaul coach Oliver Purnell made the adjustment of the game at half time, to clamp down the Blue Demon defense on Collier.

Nelson got his 4th foul of the game with still over 11 1/2 minutes left, on a blocking call where Nelson got good position, but then didn't anchor down his feet. The result was DePaul going up 64-53.

Brandt would follow in getting whistled for his 3rd foul 13 seconds later.

DePaul was close to the knockout after an 8-0 run that put them up 68-53, but Young injured his right knee in the process, and Melvin picked up his 3rd foul with still over 10 minutes to go.

Nelson came back with 9:05 left, with the Beavers still down 15, but would only score 6 more points, finishing with 19, 8 below his average.

Young returned for DePaul, but proceeded to turn his left ankle while upping his point total to 19.

Oregon St. resorted to full court pressure, but Melvin's 3 pointer made it 77-60, and Durrell McDonald's only basket of the game, on the 9th assist of the game by Garrett, pushed it to 79-60.

DePaul opened a 20 point lead, the largest of the game, when Sandi Marcius became the 5th Blue Demon starter in double figures, on his way to a career high 15 points.

Oregon St. rallied with a 6-0 run, and Young would leave the game a third time, this time for a left knee injury suffered while making the layup with 3:09 left for his 21st point.

Young would return one more time, just to prove himself indestructable, and DePaul cruised to the win that improved them to 4-3 for the season.

Melvin led the Blue Demons, with 23, with Young right behind, with 21. Garrett, in only his second start, posted a 15 point, 10 assist double double, and Hamilton had 14 points.

Collier, held to 10 second half points, finished with a game high 32, which was also his career high, and also had a game high 9 rebounds.

Brandt's 6 was remarkably the Beavers' third high scoring total by a starter. Daniel Gomis and Hallice Cooke had the best games off the Oregon St. bench, with Gomis recording 4 points and 5 rebounds, and Cooke 7 points and 2 assists, in 20 minutes of playing time.

Oregon St. dropped to 3-2, and will return home to host the Arkansas Pine-Bluff Golden Lions next Saturday, at noon at Gill Coliseum.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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