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Numbers don't lie, favor DePaul

Basketball consist of many numbers which get compared before plenty of games get played. What really matters is the number comparisons after the game. When DePaul beat Seton Hall, majority of the numbers compared went in favor of the Blue Demons, even if only slightly.

Ray Floriani - Swish Appeal

South Orange, NJ - DePaul picked up its second consecutive road win in conference play defeating Seton Hall 86-74 at Walsh Gym. For coach Doug Bruno, his Blue Demons faced a similar situation as they did against St. John's on Sunday. Seton Hall looked at a 32 point third quarter deficit.

Utilizing pressure and finding the offensive touch, the Pirates came back to make it a three possession game midway in the fourth quarter. DePaul, with Ashton Millender burying two rally-stopping treys, regrouped and made the plays down the stretch to seal the victory, handing Seton Hall its first conference loss of the campaign.

Possessions: DePaul 81  Seton Hall 79

Offensive efficiency: DePaul 106 Seton Hall 94

eFG percentage:

DePaul shot 57% on the strength of 10 for 24 (41.7%) beyond the arc. Chanise Jenkins, DePaul's leading scorer with 21 points, was 3 of 5 from long range. Seton Hall shot 47%, but did bury seven treys shooting 33% (7 of 21 ) from beyond the arc.

FT Rate:

This number is derived by dividing free throw attempts by field goal attempts. Despite a perimeter orientation DePaul held a 22-17% advantage in this area.

OREB percentage: Seton Hall hit the boards hard with a 33-26% edge. Tiffany Jones scored 14 points for the Hall, adding a game-high 16 boards, four on the offensive end.

TO rate: Under 20% is the objective. DePaul was in at 19%, while Seton Hall was right on 20%. In this metric, the outcome was deceptive as Seton Hall enjoyed a 24-12 lead in points off turnovers.

Seton Hall is 3-1 in conference, while DePaul, sweeping the metropolitan New York trip, is 3-0. Aleesha Powell of Seton Hall lead all scorers with 23 points. Jessica January, DePaul's junior guard, had the Blue Demons' first triple-double since 1989. January scored 13 points with 10 boards and 10 assists. Oddly enough, she shot 60% (6 of 10) from the field, but 1 for 7 (14%) from the charity stripe.

Doug Bruno's club came in ranked number 24 nationally, Seton Hall was 25. DePaul's next two games are home against Georgetown and Villanova. Tony Bozzella's Pirates hit the road to face St. John's, Villanova and Georgetown in their next three outings.