DePaul drilled 16 from three point land, breaking the school and Allstate Arena records. The Blue Demons shot a deadly 57.1% on trifectas. Sophomore forward Karron Clarke led all scorers with a career high 27 points including a perfect five for five from behind the arc. Clarke played like a man possessed as the Blue Demons clicked on all cylinders.
"I haven't had that much fun in a long time," said Clarke. "I just felt like everything was going right."
In all, five players finished in double figures for DePaul. Sammy Mejia chipped in 21 points including four of eight on three pointers. Sophomore guard Draelon Burns added 17, while freshman forward Wilson Chandler contributed 16 points. Junior forward Marcus Heard recorded a career high 15 points.
Freshman guard Jabari Currie dished out 11 assists as the DePaul team had 38 total assists and just eight turnovers. "One of the things that we really stressed this week was making the extra pass and seeing if we could find a way to get somebody a better shot than we had," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright.
It was the first time the Blue Demons scored over 100 points since November of 2001 in a win over Youngstown State.
DePaul senior Marlon Brumfield was honored in a ceremony after the game on Senior Night. Marlon's teammates dedicated the victory to him. "We had to do it for Marlon Brumfield, he had to go out in style," Clarke said.
"It makes you feel good about Marlon," Mejia expressed. "I'm glad we were able to have him end his season at Allstate Arena the right way."
Mejia credited DePaul's preparation for the game. "We were really into the details of the scouting report," said Mejia. "The coaches did a great job. We knew what to expect. There wasn't any surprises. We pretty much knew everything that they were going to do. A lot of the credit goes to the coaches."
"I know what you're thinking, the guy is a bad coach, how come they don't play that way all the time?" quipped Wainwright.
For Syracuse, senior guard Gerry McNamara scored 21 points, while freshman Eric Devendorf added 15.
DePaul attacked Syracuse's trademark 2-3 zone with a barrage of threes. "I was very disappointed in the way we covered in our zone," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. "We just gave them too many easy looks. You have to give DePaul a tremendous amount of credit, they did move the ball well and they did shoot it well. We had the worst defensive effort in the 30 years I've been coaching, that's all I can say."
The Blue Demons came out of the locker room at halftime energized. "They didn't play afraid," said Wainwright. "They played to win, instead of playing not to lose. We wanted to play better in the second half. Everybody agreed we could and god bless them they did it."
The Blue Demons remain in the hunt for a spot in the Big East conference tournament. DePaul needs Marquette to beat Providence on Saturday and must then secure a win over Notre Dame to qualify for the conference tourney.
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