Burns scored 20 points in just 24 minutes on six of 14 from the field including three trifectas, and a perfect five of five from the free throw line. "We certainly got a great lift from Draelon Burns," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "He's been working hard in practice. He's a fearless kid. He certainly was a key player for us tonight."
"Burns made some big plays for them tonight," said UAB coach Mike Anderson.
"I just was just thinking of coming off the bench hard to give this team a good lift," Burns said. "Last year they hit us with a deadly shot at the end. I didn't want that to happen again, so I just came out and played hard."
DePaul came prepared for UAB's lightning quick tempo. Wainwright started guards Cliff Clinkscales and Jabari Currie together in the backcourt to begin the game to give his team a quicker presence.
The teams entered halftime with UAB leading 31-26. The difference in the half was three point shooting. UAB was 7 of 11 from behind the arc, while DePaul was just 2 for 10 from three point country.
With UAB leading 40-35 in the second half, DePaul went on an eight point run that began with a Burns three pointer to take a 43-40 lead. The Blue Demons never trailed again.
With the score at 68-66 in DePaul's favor and the shot clock winding down and the game clock at 18 seconds, Burns hit a jumper and then stole the ball with six seconds left to seal the win for DePaul.
It was a tale of two halves as far as three point shooting went. In the first half UAB shot 64% on threes, while DePaul shot 20%. The fortune was reversed in the second half as DePaul hit 50% and UAB turned to a cold 22%.
Sammy Mejia and Karron Clarke each added 15 points for DePaul. Wilson Chandler grabbed 10 rebounds while Clarke snared 8 boards.
Wen Mukubu led UAB with 14 points. Demario Eddins and Marvett McDonald each added 13 points.
"I'd like to commend Coach Wainwright and his team for playing hard," Anderson complimented. "They did some things that most teams don't do to us. They did the job of taking care of the ball. When the opportunity came, they made some tremendous plays on us. They opened the floor up and tried to create off of dribble penetration."
"We needed this win. We played like we were desperate, like it was our last game," said DePaul forward Karron Clarke.
Official Box Score
Senior center Marlon Brumfield sat out this game with an ankle injury. Brumfield, who wore a protective boot, is expected to play on Saturday as the Blue Demons travel to Dayton.
Former Blue Demon David Booth was present tonight scouting for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.
This was the final trip to the Chicago area for Chicago native Demario Eddins. Many of Eddins family were at the game cheering him on.
Burns Spurs DePaul to 70-66 Victory over UAB
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