Worrel Clahar did it all today. DePaul coach Oliver Purnell inserted the senior guard into the starting lineup, which proved to be the right call as the Blue Demons snapped a nine game losing streak.
Clahar scored a career-high 19 points, dished out seven assists, grabbed four rebounds, including a clutch rebound down the stretch, had three steals, grabbed loose balls, and even blocked one shot.
"I think it's the best he's played since he's been here and he's had some really good games for us," Purnell said of Clahar.
Clahar proved that size doesn't matter.
"It's not about size at the end of the day, we all know that, it's about determination," said Clahar. "With me being a senior leader, I had to do what I had to do."
DePaul had been in so many close games of late, including three overtime games and finally came through in a late game situation to end that losing streak.
"We've been playing better and better, it's so affirming for our guys to get that win," said Purnell.
DePaul (11-14, 2-10) had four starters finish in double-figures. Brandon Young scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. Cleveland Melvin contributed with 15 points and Donnavan Kirk added 11 points and seven boards.
While Rutgers (13-11, 4-9) had point guard Myles Mack finish with a career-high 28 points, the Blue Demons did a good job defensively on the remainder of the Scarlet Knights. Only Wally Judge reached double-figures with 10 points. Eli Carter left the game with a knee injury after scoring four points in 20 minutes.
DePaul goes out on the road next for a trip to the nation's capital to face Georgetown on Wednesday night.
- Rutgers leads the all-time series by a 5-4 margin... DePaul has won back-to-back games against the Scarlet Knights.
- The win snaps a season-high nine game losing streak for DePaul.
- DePaul has now made a three-point basket in 604 straight games dating back 20 years to the day (Feb. 16 1993).
- Cleveland Melvin moved into 18th place all-time on DePaul's career scoring list with 1,338 career points, passing recent DePaul Hall of Fame inductee Terence Greene (1,334 points)... Melvin finished in double figures (13 points) for the 21st time this season and 69th time in his career.
- Brandon Young moved into ninth-place all-time on DePaul's career assist chart with three assists... he now has 374 career helpers, passing Cliff Clinkscales (373 assists).
- Worrel Clahar made his sixth career start in BIG EAST play and eighth of his Blue Demon career, the senior guard finished with a career-high 19 points and finished in double figures for the third time in his past four games.