Balanced Scoring Helps DePaul in Win

Three DePaul players finished with new career-highs as the Blue Demons triumphed 86-69 over Texas State at Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday afternoon.

DePaul (7-4) also had three players finish in double-figures as they utilized balanced scoring to take down the visiting Bobcats from Texas State (3-8).

Senior guard Will Walker led all scorers with 23 points. Walker was closely guarded by Texas State in the first half and then exploded for 20 points in the second half.

"He really did a good job in the second half," Texas State coach Doug Davalos said of Walker. "He does such a good job of creating space. He's such a smart scorer with knowing when to shoot, when to drive, and when to pull up. I thought we did a good job of limiting his touches. He just became so aggressive."

Sophomore forward Devin Hill recorded a career-high of 19 points along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots, all of which were career-highs. Hill has taken advantage of the opportunity given to him on the interior with junior center Mac Koshwal sidelined with a foot injury for the last few weeks.

"Devin has made some really great progress," said DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright. "He's learning how to finish around the basket. I thought he took terrific shots today. He's come a long, long way."

Junior college transfer Mike Stovall had a breakout game as he scored a career-high 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and stole the ball six times.

"I guess I'm trying to give Coach Wainwright a Christmas present to get Mike Stovall feeling really good about himself, because he had a tremendous game," Davalos said.

Both Hill and Stovall played the entire game for DePaul.

Eric Wallace, a sophomore transfer from Ohio State had nine points, eight boards, and had showed defensive tenacity with four blocked shots.

Even freshman walkon Nate Rogers got in on the act scoring a career-high seven points, including a perfect four for four from the free throw line.

Texas State got the jump early on DePaul and broke out to a 24-14 lead 11 minutes into the first half as they went on a 14-0 run.

The Blue Demons responded with a 13-0 run of their own to close out the first half and went into the locker room with a 34-32 lead.

"Our game plan coming in was really effective for the first 17 minutes," said Davalos. "At the last media timeout (in the first half) I thought we were really aggressive. I thought our press was designed to speed up the game. DePaul then trapped our ball screens and became the aggressors from that point on. I thought they were more aggressive team from about the four minute mark of the first half till the end of the game and that was all she wrote."

"We made the decision that we were going to open it up and attack," said Wainwright. "We thought that if we got a little bit more aggressive and played a little bit faster it might free us up a little bit."

The Bobcats were led by the scoring of freshman guard Dylan Hale, 22 points, and senior forward John Rybak with 21 points.

MASH Unit

- Sophomore guard Michael Bizoukas went down in the first half with a knee injury. He will be evaluated in the coming days.

- Mac Koshwal is expected to return to the court for the Blue Demons soon. Koshwal could play as early as Tuesday's game at Florida Gulf Coast.

"He's moving more on the side," said Wainwright. "If it's all possible, we would love to have him get some time before we go to Pittsburgh (on the 28th). It's going to take awhile for him to get his legs. We'd love to have him get some minutes Tuesday if he could. Obviously it's a road game and it's a very tough test whenever you go on the road."

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