DePaul trailed 5-0 early in the contest and then proceeded to go on a 14-0 run and never trailed again. From there the Demons built up to a 39-19 halftime lead.
Indiana State went 0 for 10 from behind the arc in the first half. You got the sense that they wouldn't keep up that drought in the second half. Sure enough, the Sycamores came out of the locker room firing from the perimeter (six of 13 from three point territory in the second half) and cut the DePaul lead to 43-37.
Yet the Demons would not back down. "I never saw them drop their head," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "I'm really proud. They've taken some runs from a lot of teams here lately. I don't think anybody who watched the game would say our kids were afraid."
"Our kids are excited," Wainwright added. "They did a good job. They've put themselves in a position right now to be successful. If you brought them in here, they'd be the first to tell you that they have a lot to learn. I thought they really hung together."
Super sophomore Dar Tucker led all scorers with 26 points, nine rebounds, and two steals. "I liked how Dar Tucker was aggressive," expressed Wainwright. "You have to learn how to be a go-to guy. You have to learn how to take the right shots, but certainly he did an outstanding job."
Tucker talked about the DePaul scoring slump during the second half. "We were getting shots and layups, we just weren't making them," said Tucker. "We didn't get down too much, we just weren't making shots. We expected to just keep making them, but it didn't go that way. We fought it out. We got the win. That's most important."
Freshman guard Jeremiah Kelly contributed with a career high of 11 points and a key steal followed by a layup with 35 seconds to preserve the win for the Demons. "I figured I had to do something big, so I had to make a big play," Kelly said.
Sophomore forward Mac Koshwal grabbed 15 rebounds and scored nine points. "I thought Mac was a real factor on the glass," said Wainwright.
Senior guard Jabari Currie also contributed with 10 points on four of six from the field.
Guard Aaron Carter led the way for the Sycamores with 19 points. Rashad Reed chipped in with 17 points, while big man Josh Crawford scored 12.
The Blue Demons hit the road to California where they will face the Golden Bears in Berkeley on Wednesday night.
- Season-high 26 field goals and 67 field goals attempted. Previous season-high was 24 FG and 62 FGA against Albany in the season opener at McGrath Arena.
- DePaul's 20-point half time advantage was the team's largest advantage of the season. DePaul's previous season-high was 18 against Albany.
- Tying a career-high with 15 rebounds, Mac Koshwal has finished three of DePaul's four games with double-digit rebounds. Against Detroit, the only game without 10 or more rebounds, he finished nine.
- Michael Bizoukas dished out a career-high four assists.
- With a season-high 26 points, Dar Tucker led the Blue Demons for the 12th time in his career and third time this season. It is this third time this season he has finished with 20+ points.
- Jeremiah Kelly's 11 points were a career-high. Three of his 11 came in the final 30 seconds.
- Tied a season-high was five blocks. Blocked five shots at UIC.
- DePaul's bench outscored Indiana State 18-9.
- The same five players (Tucker, Kelly, Koshwal, Walker and Poscic) have started each game this season for DePaul.
- 4-0 for the first time since 2002-03.
Indiana State (0-4)
- Missed first 10 3's, but made first three in the second half. Finished the game 7-21 and .333 percent from behind the arc.
- 19 first half points was a season-low.
- Aaron Carter has scored in double-figures in all four Indiana State games. Cater finished with a team-high 19.
- Outscored DePaul 51-36 in the second half.
DePaul Holds Off Indiana State, 75-70
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