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Commentary: DePaul men’s basketball should pursue Ben Howland

Commentary: DePaul men's basketball should pursue Ben Howland

Ben Gartland

March 20, 2015

When Oliver Purnell was hired as head coach of DePaul men’s basketball, his notoriety was as a program rebuilder. He was never able to get the job done at DePaul, but the line of thinking in his hiring was correct: Find a coach who has history of proven success. There is a coach without a job at this point that not only has a h...

Report: DePaul lets go of assistants Ron Bradley and Renard Phillips

Matthew Paras

March 15, 2015

More coaching moves to DePaul men's basketball were made Sunday. DePaul's athletic department let go of assistant head coaches Ron Bradley and Renard Phillips after Oliver Purnell resigned on Saturday, per Steve Newhouse of Bradley, who joined DePaul in 2011, was Purnell's lead...

Commentary: It’s time for DePaul to move on from head coach Oliver Purnell

Matthew Paras

March 12, 2015

NEW YORK — DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr. started talking, muttered the word disappointing and paused when asked about his first two years at DePaul following Wednesday’s 78-63 loss to Creighton. Surely, Garrett never imagined that his second season would end on a worse note than his first. Garrett didn’t imagine ending the season by losing 11 of their last 12 games, includin...

Butler spoils DePaul’s senior day with 67-53 win

Matthew Paras

February 28, 2015

The Blue Demons opened the second half with a burst of energy that temporarily caused the tide to swing. DePaul men’s basketball attacked the rim, was aggressive on the glass and drained shots to give them a 38-32 lead over No. 23 Butler. On senior day and amid a five-game losing streak, senior Jamee...

DePaul men’s basketball loses fifth straight, falls to Creighton 75-62

Ben Gartland

February 24, 2015

For a moment in the middle of the second half, senior forward Forrest Robinson hit a three-pointer and the game was tied. For a moment, DePaul had the momentum and it looked like they could overcome their slow start. However, this was only a moment. The Blue Demons could not keep pace with Creighton...

Turnovers, zone defense doom DePaul men’s basketball against Providence

Matthew Paras

February 18, 2015

Three Providence defenders filled the paint, two more anchored the arc and DePaul men’s basketball struggled with a zone defense once again. DePaul committed 16 turnovers en route to an 84-57 loss to Providence Wednesday at Allstate Arena. It was the Blue Demons’  third consecutive loss as DePaul...

DePaul men’s basketball can’t hold off St. John’s, falls 86-78.

Ben Gartland

February 12, 2015

First from a nine-point deficit in the first half and then again by 13 in the second, DePaul men’s basketball rallied back against St. John’s. However, DePaul let them go one too many times as they fell on the road to the Red Storm 86-78. The Red Storm (16-8, 5-6) were led by D’Angelo Harrison’s...

Eyes shift to Coach Oliver Purnell of DePaul men’s basketball

Oliver Purnell is 53-88 in his fifth year at DePaul and 447-369 all time in his 27th year as a head coach. (Grant Myatt / The DePaulia)

Matthew Paras

February 1, 2015

DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell has been around the game long enough to where he describes every individual season as a marathon. It’s grueling and can feature its twist of unexpected turns. Read More »...

DePaul men’s basketball rallies to beat St. John’s 71-67 in overtime.

Ben Gartland

January 18, 2015

At halftime, head coach Oliver Purnell told his players to keep playing how they had been and the shots would start to fall. “I said at halftime ‘just pick your heads up and keep playing because we will play better offensively, we’re going to shoot better than 21 percent,” Purnell said. “We...

DePaul men’s basketball falters down the stretch, falls to Georgetown 78-72.

Ben Gartland

January 13, 2015

In their weekend loss to Villanova, it was an abundance of turnovers that put DePaul out of the game. Three days later, it wasn't the abundance but rather the timing of the turnovers as the Blue Demons fell 78-72 to Georgetown. Read More »...

Turnovers doom DePaul men’s basketball as they fall to Villanova 81-64

Ben Gartland

January 10, 2015

In a game where DePaul needed everything to go right, it seemed as if nothing could go their way as they fell to the Villanova Wildcats 84-61. It was their first conference loss of the season in which DePaul had started 3-0 for the first time since 1991. Billy Garret Jr. opened up the scoring with...

Forrest Robinson scores 20 points as DePaul upsets Creighton 70-60

Matthew Paras

January 8, 2015

The day before DePaul men’s basketball’s game at Creighton, forward Forrest Robinson said to have success on the road, the team would have to focus. The Blue Demons, who were 1-7 on the road, were going into a stadium that averaged 17,000 people and were facing a Creighton team that was 7-1 at ho...

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