DePaul (9-9) stepped on the gas in the second half and got their transition game going as they cruised to a rare January non-conference win.
"Obviously our physical size and our perimeter speed kind of wore them out a little bit," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "We had a great spurt in the second half."
The Eagles (6-13) are still adjusting to their first season in Division I and a hard time containing the Blue Demons energy and effort. It was the largest margin of victory for the Demons this season. "DePaul did a really nice job tonight of creating tempo and getting transition baskets," said FGCU coach Dave Balza.
The Demons had five players in double figures with senior Draelon Burns with 19 points and sophomore Will Walker also leading with a career-high 19 points. Walker knocked down four of six from behind the arc.
"I was feeling it," Walker commented. "I was feeling pretty good. My teammates were getting me the ball at the right time."
Senior Karron Clarke contributed with 15 points. Freshman phenom Darquavis Tucker chipped in with 14 points. While freshman captain Mac Koshwal recorded 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Eagles had four players in double figures. Marshall transfer Casey Wohlleb and guard Rob Quaintance led with 13 apiece. Landon Adler contributed 12 points, while guard Delvin Franklin scored 10.
DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright emptied his bench in the second half. Even seldom-used walk-on Adam Handler got into the act. Handler scored one point while playing a career-high five minutes.
The Blue Demons will see FGCU again when they travel to Fort Myers in the 2009-10 season. The game was a late addition to the DePaul schedule after a game with Wyoming was dropped.
"I think non-conference games later in the year are good," said Wainwright. "I really think your team plays at a higher level after they've played some conference games."
The game was a good tune-up for the Blue Demons as they prepare to take on arch-rival Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday night. "Going in to Marquette, we needed this boost of energy & confidence," said Clarke.
Game Notes from DePaul Sports Information
Game Notes: DePaul reached the .500 mark for the first time since November 28 after opening 2-7...the Blue Demons have won seven of their last 9 contests... DePaul finished the non-conference portion of the season with a 5-7 record... this was DePaul's largest margin of victory this season and the biggest since a 30 point win against Northwestern State on Dec. 29, 2006... the Blue Demons have now won 21 of their last 27 games in Rosemont... DePaul junior Adam Handler played a career-high five minutes and scored his first points of the season.
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