DePaul (8-19, 1-13) went through a scoring drought after leading by five points with five minutes left in the first half.
“They switched to a 3-2 zone and as happens to us far too often, we got back on our heels.“ DePaul coach Dave Leitao said on WSCR Radio. “We get tentative on offense, we get tentative on defense, our transition defense starts to lag, because a bad shot leads to a fast break. Guys get dejected and it has a snowball effect.”
One of the few bright spots for DePaul was the play of sophomore guard Eli Cain. Cain scored 24 points on nine of 13 shooting.
Joe Hanel added 10 points on five of six from the floor.
DePaul’s starting five got little help from their bench today. Butler’s bench outscored DePaul’s 44-17.
Nate Fowler came off the bench to lead Butler (21-6, 10-5) with 15 points on seven of nine shooting.
DePaul freshman Devin Gage tossed in a 40 foot heave at the buzzer, much to the disappointment of gamblers who had money on Butler.
The Blue Demons travel to the nation’s capital on Wednesday night where they will face the Georgetown Hoyas at the Verizon Center.