PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Losing as many as nine points early in the second half, DePaul came back and led by as many as four before finally losing a 95-90 decision in double overtime at Providence. Romeo Weems led the Blue Demons with a career-high 21 to lead four players in double figures.
DePaul (1-1, 0-1 BIG EAST) trailed during the first half, but he did not let Providence escape as the Blue Demons trailed five points at 34-29 at the end of the opening draw. The Frailes led 31-23 with just under two minutes left in the first half before the Blue Demons scored six of the final nine points of the half.
Providence (6-3, 2-1 BIG EAST) extended their lead at halftime to nine at the start of the second half, but the resilience of a DePaul team that has faced many obstacles this season showed itself again as the Blue Demon took the lead midway. second half.
A short jump from the glass by Charlie Moore gave the Blue Demons their first second-half lead at 53-52 with 9:54 remaining in the game. After a Providence rotation, Oscar Lopez Jr. found Pauly Paulicap in the lane and finished up and down to move the lead to three points.
Charlie Moore extended the lead to four on a long triple with 7:30 left that put the score 60-56 in favor of the visitors. In a preview of what was to come for the rest of the night, Providence responded and took the lead on a Jimmy Nichols, Jr. drive with 4:46 left in the second half.
The end of the game The second half went back and forth with Weems taking a triple from the corner with just under a minute left to play to put the Blue Demons ahead by a point. After a Providence miss, Moore was fouled and made two free throws with 16 seconds left to make it 74-71 for DePaul.
On the final possession of the second half, A.J. Reeves hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 74-74 before Moore's offer from midfield went off the basket as time expired and the game went to overtime.
Los Frailes They led three times in the first overtime period, but DePaul responded both times with Paulicap securing the final basket of the extra frame with 40 seconds remaining to force a second overtime period.
In the second In overtime, Providence edged DePaul by a 12-7 margin to take the game by a five-point margin. Kobe Elvis gave the Blue Demons a brief lead at 88-87 with a triple from the corner before two free throws by David Duke gave Providence a lead he would not give up for the rest of the game.
Weems scored a career-high five triples in the first 20-point game of his career and added seven rebounds. Moore had 19 points and eight assists, while Javon Freeman-Liberty added 13 points and Paulicap finished with 10 and four rebounds.
Duke led all scorers with 24 points, while Reeves finished with 22 points for the Friars.
Next up for the Blue Demons is a game in Connecticut on Wednesday night. The start time at Storrs is set for 9 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and WSCR (670 AM).