The Blue Demons swiped the ball from Buie coming out of the under-16 timeout, but Chico Carter Jr. couldn’t hit a shot from deep. ‘Cats reserves Justin Clayton and Blake Preston checked in with just over 14 minutes to go. Right on cue, Carter Jr. cashed a corner three over Clayton to make it a 9-7 lead for DePaul. With 13:18 to go, Buie sprinted down the floor but lost the handle yet again, forcing him to call an early timeout. Off the inbounds pass, Nick Martinelli hit a soft baby hook from the baseline to knot the game at 9-9. On the other end, K.T. Raimey nailed a three from the left corner off the bench for the Blue Demons. Langborg couldn’t respond from deep, but Martinelli grabbed the rebound and fought through contact for an and-one opportunity. He hit the free throw, making it 12-12. For DePaul, Carter Jr. slashed through the defense for an up-and-under layup. On the other end, Langborg let it fly for a deep shot from the right wing to put the ‘Cats up 15-14. A possession later, the ball rolled around the floor until NU corralled it and dished it to Martinelli under the rim, and he drew contact. No. 2 connected with a pair at the stripe to make it 17-14 midway through the half... . .