Jeremiah Kelly scored a career-high 23 points to help DePaul (7-19, 1-12) break a 24-game losing streak in BIG EAST regular-season play, as the Blue Demons beat the Friars 79-76 at the Dunkin Donuts Center Thursday night. It was also DePaul’s first road conference victory since beating Cincinnati on March 6, 2008 and snapped a 29-game road losing streak overall. Freshman Cleveland Melvin had 20 points and classmate Brandon Young added 17 including 15 in the second half.
After DePaul jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead, but Providence (14-12, 3-10) climbed back into the game in the second half and tied the game at 58 on a Kadeem Batts jumper with 8:36 remaining. Batts finished with eight points and nine rebounds while battling foul trouble. The Friars trailed by three in the closing minute, and had a chance to tie the game at the end but turned the ball over. Marshon Brooks led PC with 28 points while Duke Mondy added 17 points and seven rebounds.
One game is on the BIG EAST schedule on Friday night as Connecticut visits Louisville for a 9 p.m. Eastern start on ESPN. The Cardinals beat the Huskies in double overtime at Gampel Pavilion earlier this season.