PROVIDENCE, R.I. – If DePaul is going to make the kind of jump in the Big East they may be capable of this season, they’ll have to finish games better than they did on Saturday night at Providence. The Blue Demons may have won the game, but they went from dominating the early minutes of the second half to a so-so stretch in the final minutes where at one point Providence got the lead back into single digits and made the final score of 83-73 look respectable.
The first half was a tight ballgame, played within a nine-point window until the final seconds. Then it was all DePaul for the first ten minutes of the second half as they scored the first six points and eventually ran the lead as high as 22. Then they relaxed, and after both teams were stuck for a while, Providence got a rally going to eventually get within single digits and make it a ballgame.