The DePaul Blue Demons opened up a close game early in the second half and went on to beat the winless Northern Illinois Huskies 75-52. DePaul was up at the half 28-25, but Northern Illinois had a 33-32 lead with 16:34 left in the game. DePaul called timeout and then went on a 17-0 run to take a 49-33 lead with 13:49 left in the second half.
Cleveland Melvin led the Blue Demons with 19 points and Jeremiah Kelley added 15 for DePaul. For the game, DePaul shot 47.4% from the field while holding Northern Illinois to 29.1% shooting. DePaul's full-court press was quite effective as the Blue Demons outscored the Huskies 25-6 on points off turnovers. NIU's Tim Toler achieved a double-double by scoring 18 points and securing 13 rebounds.
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