CHICAGO, Ill. (Dec. 3) – The Florida A&M Men’s Basketball dueled valiantly Monday night against the DePaul Blue Demons, before relinquishing a 65-50 decision at Wintrust Arena.
Monday’s setback was the seventh in a row for FAMU (2-7) which is in the midst of a traditionally rugged non-conference road schedule, but the effort given by the Orange and Green was indicative of a program on the rise, that is gearing up for a serious run at the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title.
The Rattlers came out of the gates ready to play, shooting 47 percent (9 of 19) from the floor, splashing 4 of 6 shots from three-point range, to trail by just five points, 29-24 at the break.
FAMU continued their relentless play to start the second half, opening the frame with an 11-4 run to seize the lead, 35-33 on a three-pointer by senior Justin Ravenel with 15:41 left.
DePaul (5-1) answered back with a scoring flurry of their own (22 to 10), regaining the lead and pushing it to double digits at 55-45 with just over seven minutes left.
The Rattlers got the count down to nine points twice, but could get no closer, as the Blue Demons extended their edge to 15 points by game’s end.
Ravenel led the Rattlers with 13 points, finding his range a bit Monday with a 3 for 5 performance from distance, that after going scoreless Saturday against South Alabama.
Juniors Rod Melton and Tracy Hector followed with nine points each, with freshman M.J. Randolph adding six points points, six rebounds and three steals.
Femi Olujobi led DePaul with 16 points, followed by Eli Cain with 15 points, and Jalen Coleman-Lands with 13 points. Paul Reed led all rebounders with 14 for the Blue Demons.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Rattlers return to The Al Lawson Center for a Thursday night bout against Fort Valley State. Tip off will be 7:00 p.m.