Chicago, Ill. (Nov. 13, 2017) --- Delaware State hit less than a third of its shots from the field in an 81-57 loss to DePaul at the new Windtrust Center in the Windy City this evening. The contest marked the start of a four-game road swing for DSU.
The Hornets converted just 15- of-48 shots from the field (31.3%), including four three-pointers on 17 attempts (23.5%) to fall to 1-1 this season.
Sophomore guard Kobe Gantz was a bright spot for DSU in the contest, leading all players with career-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds to post his first collegiate double-double. Gantz was 5-for-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 on three-point shots, while connecting on 8 free throws on 12 tries.
Center Simon Okolue followed up his 17-point, 12-rebound performance in DSU’s season opener against Cairn last week with 12 points (5-7 FGs) and seven boards vs. DePaul.
The rest of the Hornets combined to shoot 5-for-33 from the floor.
Tre’Darius McCallum led four DePaul players in scoring with 17 points (7-12 FGs; 3-5 3pt. FGs), while Max Strus added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.
The Demons outrebounded the Hornets 52-34 in the game.
DePaul, which never trailed, scored the first seven points and opened up a 15-3 lead on a follow-up basket by Jaylen Butz less than eight minutes into the contest.
The Demons held their biggest first half lead, 31-11, after two free throws by Marin Maric with 5:52 to go before halftime.
Delaware State outscored DePaul 10-4 in the remainder of the half to trail 35-21 at the break.
The Hornets could get no closer than 12 points in the second half.
Delaware State will stay on the road for its next contest on Wednesday (Nov. 15) at IUPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind.