DePaul Guts Out Win on the Road

While it was not poetry in motion, a road win against St. John's was the tonic DePaul needed from a Georgetown hangover as they opened up their road portion of their Big East season with a 60-54 over the Red Storm in Queens, New York. A key 16-0 run midway through the second half saw DePaul flex their muscle and take over the game.

DePaul never relinquished the lead and made the plays down the stretch to win the game. "It was a big win for us," remarked DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "Any road win in this league is obviously treasured and I was really proud of how we came back in the second half when we had the opportunity to fold."

DePaul, who opened the season with three straight home games in the Big East, had to venture out on the road for the first time and play away from the comfy confines of Allstate Arena. Early on it looked like DePaul was homesick, as they struggled to score points and set tempo and fell behind 24-21 at halftime.

It was not like the Red Storm were running a clinic as both teams shot less than 40 percent to end the half and together both teams committed 15 turnovers.

The play for both teams picked up after intermission as the second half saw a series of runs determine the outcome of the game.

DePaul came out shooting cold in the second half missing their first few shots while the Red Storm extended their lead to 30-21 with a Justin Burrell jumper.

DePaul would then settle down and chip away at the St. John's lead and go on a 14-4 run punctuated by a Draelon Burns three pointer that saw DePaul go in front 35-34.

After a timeout by Red Storm coach Norm Roberts, St. John's responded with a 7-0 run capped by another jumper by Burrell to go in front 41-35.

It was then Wainwright's turn to call a timeout. To say DePaul responded would be an understatement. It was then that DePaul seized control with a 16-0 run to decisively win the game, jumping in front of St. John's 51-41 with 4:43 to go.

"I wish I could tell you it was X's and O's," explained Wainwright about what was talked about during that timeout. "I saw Dr. Phil visit Britney and I want to ask for the transcripts. I'm not reading any more coaching books."

St. John's would cut the lead down to 51-48 on a three pointer by Larry Wright with 2:07 to go. That's as close as it would come for the Red Storm as DePaul would make enough free throws to keep the game at arms length.

"We had some opportunities to make some plays, make shots and stop their run that we didn't make," discussed Roberts. "The game comes down to making plays and we didn't make the plays both on the offensive end and the defensive end."

DePaul was energized again by Darquavis Tucker and his team leading 16 points. Tucker electrified the small DePaul faithful with an emphatic alley-oop slam from Jabari Currie with the penultimate bucket in the 16-0 run.

DePaul also received solid contributions from Wesley Green. Green had nine points, 12 rebounds, while playing a team and career high 39 minutes.

"For Wesley Green to play 39 minutes is big for us," commented Wainwright. "He rebounded the basketball, he was a presence in the lane and he helped our younger players get to the right spots."

For St. John's, Burrell led all scorers with 18 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

DePaul, who started the season 2-7, has now won five out of their last six games and started the Big East with an impressive 3-1 record. They are now off to visit Villanova in the rematch of the first Big East game which DePaul won 84-76.

"I don't know if we're surprised," Wainwright remarked about being 3-1. "We're playing better than we did earlier in the year and certainly at the right time."

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