DePaul 114, Chicago St. 81

Five players scored in double figures Sunday as DePaul breezed
to a 114-81 victory over Chicago State in the Blue Demons’ season
opener.

The victory was the first at DePaul for new coach Oliver
Purnell.

Playing a rare home game on campus, DePaul never trailed and
shot 80 percent in the first eight minutes, opening a double-digit
lead at 28-17 and never looking back.

Reserve Tony Freeland scored a game-high 21 points as DePaul
topped 100 for the first time in nearly five years. Mike Stovall
and Cleveland Melvin each scored 19 points, Jeremiah Kelly had 12
and Brandon Young added 11.

The visiting Cougars (1-1) were led by 15 points from Christian
Wall while Hajji Martin and Jonathan Montgomery each had 14.