DePaul (3-3) routed UIC (1-4) in a 82-55 beatdown on Wednesday night. The Blue Demons never trailed in the contest.
DePaul got it done with unselfish play and good old fashioned defense. The Blue Demons held UIC to 36.4 percent shooting and 20 percent from beyond the arc. DePaul stole the ball 10 times and scored 23 points off of turnovers.
“I thought that we had really good energy, that we were communicating and playing together on defense,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “I thought that the way we shared the basketball today on offense and the way we played collectively on defense really pleased me.”
Four Blue Demons finished in double-figures.
Myke Henry led the way for DePaul with a near double-double of 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Billy Garrett, Jr. dished out six assists to along with 13 points.
Senior forward Rashaun Stimage added 12 points while Tommy Hamilton IV came in off the bench with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
DePaul cruised from the opening tip-off and took a 41-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Blue Demons also outscored the Flames 38-16 in the paint.
Former St. Rita guard Dominique led UIC with a career-high of 17 points and five rebounds in the losing effort.
The Blue Demons next play their first game of the season in Rosemont at Allstate Arena when they host the Chicago State Cougars on Saturday afternoon.