Tucker Leads DePaul to Rout of Southern

Dar Tucker led the DePaul Blue Demons (6-4) with 21 points as they took the Southern University Jaguars (0-10) behind the woodshed in their 83-46 win at Allstate Arena on Friday night.

DePaul dominated almost every statistical category in this second game of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic. The Blue Demons never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 39 with 3:18 to play in the game.

"We were really clicking," said junior guard Will Walker, who scored 19 points in the contest. "We were getting the shots we wanted. We were executing real well."

"Our guys were really energized to play tonight," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright.

"I thought Dar Tucker and Mac Koshwal had really clean efficient games," observed Wainwright. Mac Koshwal recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tucker's 21 came on eight of nine shooting from the field.

The Blue Demons had squandered leads in the second half against Morgan State and Liberty this month, so they decided to mix up their halftime routine tonight. "We changed our halftime ritual," said Tucker. "We came out earlier and tried to get warmed up more than we used to."

The Demons held the Jaguars to 30.3% shooting from the field. Nobody on Southern reached double-figures. They were led by the trio of Chris Davis, Tim Brown, and Gregory Horne with eight apiece.

Defensive pressure paid off for DePaul. The Blue Demons scored 25 of their points off of 20 turnovers. DePaul stole the ball 14 times and blocked 12 shots.

The Demons also shared the ball well as they had 19 assists, six of which belonged to freshman point guard Jeremiah Kelly.

Freshman Devin Hill has been a welcome addition to the DePaul lineup. In his second straight start, the forward recorded eight points, four rebounds, three assists, six blocked shots, and five steals. "He's got a good skill package," Wainwright said. "He's really starting to understand college basketball. He's a terrific kid. He's added a little bit of quickness to our game over the last couple games that I think has helped us."

DePaul next plays the Billikens of Saint Louis University on Monday night at Orleans Arena in the third of four games that are part of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic.

Notes:

The 37-point margin of victory was the highest for DePaul since a 39-point (108-69) win over Syracuse on March 2, 2006 at the Allstate Arena.

DePaul's 83 points was a season-high.

Mac Koshwal had his second double-double of the season and the seventh of his career.

Dar Tucker had a season-high .889 (8-for-9) shooting percentage from the field and scored 21 points, the eighth game this season he has led the Blue Demons in scoring and the sixth time he has scored 20 or more points.

Devin Hill's six blocked shots were the most by a DePaul player since Steve Hunter had eight against Houston on February 7, 2001. Hill already has 23 blocks on the season (Mac Koshwal led the Blue Demons with 24 all of last season).

DePaul's 22 point halftime lead was the largest of the season while the 39 point lead with 3:18 to play was the largest lead of the season.

Freshman Kene Obi scored the first field goal of his collegiate career on a dunk

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