Scores

Final

DePaul 79

(7-18, 1-12 Big East)

Providence 76

(14-12, 3-10 Big East)

    Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

    9:00 PM ET, February 17, 2011

    Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

    1 2 T
    DEP 39 4079
    PROV 29 4776

    Top Performers

    DePaul: J. Kelly 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 6 Stl

    Providence: M. Brooks 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    DePaul snaps extended Big East losing streak with win over Providence

    Associated Press

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Jeremiah Kelly scored a career-high 23 points to help end DePaul's 24-game losing streak in regular-season Big East play with a 79-76 victory over Providence Thursday night.

    It was the Blue Demons' first conference victory since they defeated Marquette over a year ago, and their first road victory since they topped Cincinnati on March 6, 2008.

    Cleveland Melvin scored 20 points for DePaul (7-18, 1-12) and Brandon Young put up 17, including 15 in the second half.

    The Blue Demons built a 10-point halftime lead as starting Friar forwards Kadeem Batts and Bilal Dixon each had three fouls before the break. Providence (14-12, 3-10) slowly came back though, eventually tying the score at 58.

    DePaul put together a quick 8-1 spurt to regain control, but the Friars' Marshon Brooks would not back down. He banked in a shot to bring Providence within four, 69-65, and then converted a three-point play to trim the margin to one at 69-68.

    The Blue Demons answered with a free throw and a hook shot to go back up four, but Brooks came back with another three-point play and DePaul led 72-71. With 57 seconds left, Kelly hit a 3-pointer to bring the margin back to four, but Vincent Council's 3-pointer made it a one-point game again.

    Then the Friars were forced to foul, and Kelly sank both free throws. Brooks followed with a layup, and DePaul's Jimmy Drew missed his one-and-one free throw. The Friars had the last shot, but turned the ball over.

    Brooks desperately tried to foul Kelly, resulting in an intentional foul with less than a second left. Kelly made two free throws to cap the scoring.

    Brooks, the nation's third-leading scorer, led Providence with 28 points, including 10 of his team's final 13. Duke Mondy added 17 points and seven rebounds.

    DePaul shot 75 percent from the free-throw line (15 of 20), while Providence could only manage to go 14 for 24.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEP
    PROV
    Points 79 76
    FG Made-Attempted 28-62 (.452) 28-57 (.491)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 6-16 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-20 (.750) 14-24 (.583)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 5

    2010-11 Season

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    Research Notes

    DePaul ended a number of losing streaks with their win at Providence on Thursday night. With the victory, the Blue Demons snapped a 12-game overall losing streak, a 24-game Big East regular season losing streak, a 25-game losing streak in all Big East competition (regular season & conference tournament games) and a 29-game road losing streak.

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