Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/15/11
Last night DePaul defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, a team that will spend the first two months of the season on the road, with trips to No. 1 North Carolina, eighth-ranked Florida, and No. 15 Wisconsin along the way. The Delta Devils opened the season on Saturday, losing 80-67 at Notre Dame. As they embark on the long road trip, they’ll no doubt remember their game at McGrath Arena, where they encountered a DePaul team that loves to play a fast up-and-down style. In the preseason, DePaul lost three players to injuries and eligibility issues, they really can’t afford to lose any more, if they hope to continue playing their fast-paced, always pressing style. “We can’t afford to lose any more guys, we’ve got ten guys and that’s enough. We can’t afford to lose any more guys, but you wouldn’t expect to, we’ve lost enough,” Purnell said. Purnell’s centerpiece and building block is Cleveland Melvin, last year’s Big East Rookie of the Year, and the leading scorer in the Dem
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