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.