DePaul freshman Darquavis Tucker, playing in his first career start, had a chance to send the game to overtime with a three point attempt in the final seconds. "I thought it was good," said Tucker who finished with 20 points.
North Carolina A&T senior guard Steven Rush snapped out of a shooting slump by going off for 40 points on 10 of 17 from behind the arc. Rush broke the Allstate Arena record with 10 treys. "The best way to describe it was I was in the zone," said Rush. "They have a great crowd here at DePaul. They were playing great defense. Some of those shots, I didn't think they were going in. It just felt good."
Some of Rush's shots came from NBA three point range. "I don't have any problem with launching it from deep," Rush boasted.
"He's got great mechanics," said a hoarse DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "He's a different kind of guard, he really beats you off the bounce."
The Blue Demons were down 68-53 with 13:10 remaining in the second half. DePaul went on a valiant comeback when Wainwright shifted to a smaller lineup consisting of Tucker, Draelon Burns, Cliff Clinkscales, Jabari Currie, and Karron Clarke.
"I commend DePaul," said A&T coach Jerry Eaves. "They never gave in. They kept coming. Down 15 they just kept coming. Coach Wainwright did a tremendous job saving his timeouts. Most coaches would have burned them early. They put a lot of pressure on us at the end. The press did a tremendous job."
DePaul senior guard Draelon Burns bounced back from a shoulder injury with a 32 point effort including 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Four Blue Demons finished in double figures. Junior guard Jabari Currie chipped in with 15 points, while senior Karron Clarke tallied 11.
Junior college transfer Matija Poscic was limited to two minutes in the game due to injury. "He has a hamstring problem right now," said Wainwright.
DePaul returns to the court on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Game Notes from DePaul Sports Information
- DePaul has won all three of its opening tips this season.
- Dar Tucker made his first collegiate start.
- DePaul has started each game of the season with a three-point field goal.
- Steven Rush set an Allstate Arena record with 10 three-point field goals while the Aggies' 17 treys were also an arena record.
- The loss snapped DePaul's seven-game home winning streak.
- Burns' 32-point performance was the 63rd time in school history a player has scored 32 or more points in a game.
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