DePaul Drops Fourth Straight

The Blue Demons dropped their league record to 0-4 in a battle of winless teams in Big East conference play with their 80-58 loss to the South Florida Golden Bulls at Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon.

South Florida (6-9, 1-2) dominated DePaul (8-9, 0-4) from three point range and on rebounding as they shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc to 15.4% for DePaul. The Bulls outmuscled DePaul for loose balls and rebounds for a margin of 40-22.

The Blue Demons gave up 80 points to a team that was lowest in the Big East in Scoring Offense (61 ppg) coming into the game.

"I didn't think we played a very good defensive game," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "We made so much progress in that area, I was very disappointed. We kind of gave in on the defensive end. Our shooting I think will come around, but we just have to work a little bit harder each and every day to get to be a better defensive and rebounding team. There were eight possessions where there were long rebounds that gave them a second chance. That's the story of our season. We have to be quicker to the jump on all loose balls and long rebounds."

DePaul lost what was likely their best opportunity for a Big East conference win in a home game against another cellar dweller in USF.

The Bulls featured four players in double-figures. USF guard Dominique Jones led all scorers with 22 points and eight rebounds. Jesus Verdejo contributed 18 points and eight rebounds. Transfer Gus Gilchrist scored a career high 16 points for the Bulls. While guard Chris Howard chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.

Sophomore forward Mac Koshwal led the way for DePaul with 18 points on seven of 11 shooting and eight rebounds. Senior guard Jabari Currie (11 points) and junior guard Will Walker (17 points) also finished in double-figures. USF held DePaul's leading scorer Dar Tucker to eight points on four of 11 shooting.

The Blue Demons now have a week off to try to recover and regroup before the Cincinnati Bearcats come to Allstate Arena next Saturday afternoon.

"Our kids are obviously very disappointed and felt that they could've played much better," said Wainwright. "We know we have to work really hard. We really need a good week of practice. Our inconsistencies at positions and on possessions certainly show."

Notes:

- Redshirt freshman guard Michael Bizoukas and sophomore Mario Stula missed today's games due to illness with flu-like symptoms.

- DePaul is 0-4 to start conference play for the first time since the 2001-02 season. That squad started the Conference USA schedule at 0-5.

- The loss runs DePaul's losing streak to four games... it matches DePaul's longest losing streak of the season (last, Dec. 3-17, 2008)... the defeat also puts the Blue Demons under .500 for the first time this season.

- DePaul shot a season-low .154 (2-13) from three-point range.

- Dar Tucker's consecutive games in double-figures streak ends at 20 games... he finished with eight points against USF.

- Jabari Currie moved into sole possession of 18th all-time in assists... he passed with Joe Daughrity (279, 1990-92) with his first assist of the second half... Currie reached double-figures for the seventh time this season (19th career)... he also set a new career high with seven free throws.

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