During the run, Brian Oliver scored on a drive to the basket and DePaul called time out. During the timeout, Young of DePaul was called for a technical foul and Oliver sank both free throws.
DePaul was without its leading scorer and rebounder, Cleveland Melvin. The 6-8 senior, averaging 16.7 points and 6.4 rebounds, was held out of the game for breaking team rules. Also missing from the Blue Demons lineup was starting guard Billy Garrett, who reportedly was ill. The 6-5 freshman leads all Big East freshmen in scoring (11.9 per game.), assists (69) and free throw percentage (.827).
“Billy (Garrett) was getting IVs in the hospital when the game started and Charles (McKinney) is on crutches and getting rehab,” Oliver said. “We just have to reevaluate Cleve’s (Melvin) situation with his suspension.”