Photo Gallery: DePaul loses final game of the CBI championship series 77-65 to USF


After a tough loss with South Florida Bulls, sophomore guard Devin Gage walks around the court. The Demons lost the final for the CBI Tournament with South Florida 65-77. Richard Bodee | The DePaulia

DePaul had a chance to win their first national postseason tournament since 1945 against USF in game three of the CBI championship series on Friday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons, however, couldn’t get past the Bulls in the final game losing 77-65 and ending their season with a record of 19-17.

Sophomore guard Devin Gage, who missed the previous three games with a head injury, returned in game three to lead DePaul in scoring with 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting, 2-of-4 from the 3-point line and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Senior guard Max Strus, who was playing in his final game at DePaul, finished with 16 points on 2-of-16 shooting. The Blue Demons were without senior guard Eli Cain for the entire game after he dislocated his elbow/wrist in game two against USF, and sophomore forward Jaylen Butz only ended up playing the first seven minutes as he came into this game questionable with a right arm injury.

Relive the final game of the CBI championship series through the lens of The DePaulia photographer Richard Bodee.

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  • Sophomore forward Paul Reed looks for an opening against South Florida Bulls on Friday at the McGrath-Phillips arena. The Demons fought hard, but lost against the Bulls 65-77. Richard Bodee | The DePaulia

  • Senior guard Femi Olujobi (far left) stands with senior guard Eli Cain (middle), senior guard Max Strus (middle right) and head coach Dave Leitao (right) as the Blue Demons accept a runner-up trophy after a tough game with South Florida Bulls on Friday. Richard Bodee | The DePaulia

  • Senior guard Max Strus exclaims after the final buzzer sealing the loss for DePaul Friday night at the McGrath-Phillips arena. The Demons received second place in the CBI tournament, with South Florida Bulls getting first place. Richard Bodee | The DePaulia

  • Sophomore guard Devin Gage (left) and junior guard Lyrik Scheiner (right) stand defeated while South Florida Bulls celebrate their victory over DePaul 77-65 on Friday at the McGrath-Phillips arena. Richard Bodee | The DePaulia

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