Photo gallery: DePaul forces game three of CBI finals with overtime victory over USF

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Photo gallery: DePaul forces game three of CBI finals with overtime victory over USF

(Left to right) George Maslennikov, John Diener, Mick Sullivan, Pantelis Xidias and Jalen Coleman-Lands react to a play during DePaul’s victory over USF Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons won the game 100-96. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

(Left to right) George Maslennikov, John Diener, Mick Sullivan, Pantelis Xidias and Jalen Coleman-Lands react to a play during DePaul’s victory over USF Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons won the game 100-96. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

(Left to right) George Maslennikov, John Diener, Mick Sullivan, Pantelis Xidias and Jalen Coleman-Lands react to a play during DePaul’s victory over USF Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons won the game 100-96. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

(Left to right) George Maslennikov, John Diener, Mick Sullivan, Pantelis Xidias and Jalen Coleman-Lands react to a play during DePaul’s victory over USF Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons won the game 100-96. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

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Battling injuries and a hot-shooting USF team, DePaul did just enough down the stretch to force game three of the CBI finals after they knocked the Bulls 100-96 in overtime Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

The Blue Demons were led by senior guard Max Strus and sophomore forward Paul Reed, who combined for 60 points. DePaul needed everything they could get from those after they entered overtime without three key contributors in senior guard Eli Cain and Jaylen Butz who both departed with injuries along with guard Devin Gage, who missed his third straight game as well.

Relieve DePaul’s dramatic win through the lens of The DePaulia sports photographer Alexa Sandler.

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  • DePaul junior Lyrik Shreiner drives to the basket against USF guard Laquincy Rideau during the Blue Demons 100-96 victory in game two of the CBI finals. Shreiner finished with seven points and seven assists. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul senior guard Max Strus (right) chest bumps with sophomore forward Paul Reed (left) during DePaul’s win over USF Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Reed and Strus for 60 points in the victory. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul senior guard Max Strus drives to the basket against USF guard Justin Brown during game two of the CBI championship Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul redshirt freshman Flynn Cameron (21) high fives his teammate Paul Reed (4) during game two of the CBI finals Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul senior Max Strus shoots over South Florida forward Michael Durr Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul senior Eli Cain drives past USF sophomore guard David Collins during the first half of DePaul’s victory over the Bulls Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Cain finished with two points and two assists before departing with an injury midway through the first half. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • Senior forward Femi Olujobi lines up a free throw during game two of the CBI finals Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Olujobi finished with 14 points and four rebounds. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul senior Eli Cain is helped off the court after injuring his hand during the first half of game two of the CBI championship at McGrath-Phillips Arena Wednesday night. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul forward Paul Reed dunks the ball to give DePaul a 62-50 lead midway through the second half. Reed finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul head coach Dave Leitao talks with an official during game two of the CBI finals Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons won the game in overtime 100-96. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • DePaul senior guard Max Strus tries to save the ball late in regulation after having it knocked away by USF defenders Laquincy Rideau and Justin Brown. The Blue Demons and Bulls headed to overtime tied at 82. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

  • (Left to right) George Maslennikov, John Diener, Mick Sullivan, Pantelis Xidias and Jalen Coleman-Lands react to a play during DePaul’s victory over USF Wednesday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons won the game 100-96. Alexa Sandler | The DePaulia

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