Game #9-047: Austin Peay at DePaul Blue DemonsNovember 17, 2012 2:00 pm
Coming off a loss to Gardner-Webb, the DePaul Blue Demons looked like a team that was determined the shake its recent history and return to its days of playing competitive basketball in Chicago, er, I mean Rosemont.
Meanwhile, the Governors of Austin Peay were coming off a loss of their own, a 20 point drubbing by the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky.
If Austin Peay had any aspirations of winning this game, those hopes were quickly dashed by DePaul's stifling full court press defense. Steals and turnovers led the Blue Demons to score the game's first eight points, and the lead was as big as 30 points in the first half.
When the horn sounded and the teams headed to their respective locker rooms, the score stood at 58-30 in favor of the home team.
As nice as the Allstate Arena is, the atmosphere is severely lacking. The arena is at least a 30 minute drive from DePaul's campus, and that is only if there are miraculous conditions that save you from the evils of Chicago's traffic. In fact, DePaul's cheerleaders outnumber the fans in their student section, despite the school providing free tickets and free busing for students to attend games.
The atmosphere didn't pick up in the second half as the Blue Demons continued to pressure Austn Peay in the back court, forcing the Governors to run almost no plays in the half court. DePaul looks to be a very athletic and long team, and it will be interesting to see if they can parlay this victory into a pattern of high scoring games as they continue to tune up for the Big East season.
With no players chosen in the first, second, or third team for the pre-season all-OVC teams, Austin Peay is definitely a team that will need to gel quickly, and a leader needs to establish himself. Anthony Campbell, a senior from Edwardsville, IL looks to be a contender to lead the Governors. His hard-nosed interior play was one of the few highlights of this contest, finishing with 17 points. Will Triggs, a junior forward also from Edwardsville, had a solid game, going 8-8 from the free throw line, and pulling down eight boards to go with his 12 points.
For DePaul, Cleveland Melvin looked like a man among boys. He was often responsible for guarding the inbounder on DePaul's press, and his length helped to lead to many of the turnovers of Austin Peay. He was a threat from inside and out, scoring 26 points to go along with good all-around numbers of eight rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Final score: DePaul 98, Austin Peay 67. at DEPAUL 98, AUSTIN PEAY 67
AUSTIN PEAY 1-2 (0-0) -- A. Campbell 8-13 0-0 17; C. Horton 1-5 0-1 2; W. Triggs 2-4 8-8 12; A. Lynch 2-7 1-2 5; T. Betran 2-5 6-6 11; C. Freeman 2-6 3-5 7; J. Clyburn 1-2 2-3 4; C. Arentsen 2-4 0-0 6; T. Greer 0-1 0-0 0; H. Lawrence 1-4 1-2 3; P. Herring 0-1 0-0 0; M. Hasse 0-1 0-2 0; J. Harms 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 21-29 67.
DEPAUL 2-1 (0-0) -- B. Young 7-11 2-4 17; C. Melvin 11-18 2-4 26; C. McKinney 2-5 0-2 4; D. Kirk 1-4 0-0 2; M. Morgan 5-10 1-2 15; D. Robertson Jr. 3-5 1-1 7; D. McDonald 4-5 0-0 9; E. McGhee 1-4 2-2 5; J. Crockett 2-5 1-2 5; W. Clahar 2-6 0-0 4; M. Clemons 1-1 0-0 2; J. Price 0-3 0-0 0; C. Dolins 0-0 0-0 0; P. Ryckbosch 1-1 0-0 2; S. Pirri 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-78 9-17 98.
Three-point goals: APSU 4-16 (A. Campbell 1-4; J. Clyburn 0-1; T. Greer 0-1; H. Lawrence 0-2; C. Arentsen 2-4; T. Betran 1-2; A. Lynch 0-2), DEP 9-23 (D. Kirk 0-1; C. Melvin 2-2; M. Morgan 4-8; B. Young 1-3; E. McGhee 1-3; W. Clahar 0-1; J. Crockett 0-2; J. Price 0-2; D. McDonald 1-1); Rebounds: APSU 31 (W. Triggs 8), DEP 38 (C. Melvin 8); Assists: APSU 11 (T. Betran 3), DEP 23 (B. Young 5); Total Fouls -- APSU 15, DEP 23; Fouled Out: APSU-None; DEP-None.