All Too Familiar as DePaul Loses to USF

The Blue Demons dropped their 11th straight Big East game at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night in a familiar fashion as South Florida escaped with a 63-59 victory.

DePaul (8-21, 1-16) once again was outrebounded by a team with a dominant front line. USF (18-11, 8-9) owned the glass by a 43-31 margin.

DePaul interim coach Tracy Webster appears at a loss on what to do about it.

"It's been tough the entire year," said Webster. "We work on it. Sometimes the ball bounces a different way. We talk about team rebounding. The guards have to get four or five rebounds when the ball is long. Mac (Koshwal) probably gets tired of me saying ‘Mac, you have to get that rebound'. He cannot get them all. We expect him to try to get all of them, but it's not always going to happen. It has to be by committee. Everyone has to try to block out with toughness and strength, then hopefully we come up with some of those balls."

Koshwal led all scorers with a double-double performance of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Ever the team captain, Koshwal was quick to credit his teammates.

"It was there for me, they did a good job of passing me the ball," said Koshwal. "That was the game plan to post up all day."

While DePaul scored with Mac in the paint, they failed to score from the perimeter, shooting a woeful two of 14 (14.3%) from beyond the arc. Senior guard Will Walker scored 16 points, but shot one for six on threes.

The Demons are still struggling to put together that 40 minute effort. The game was tied up at 56-56 when sophomore Devin Hill connected on two free throws at the 2:32 mark, but then DePaul could only muster three points the rest of the way.

USF coach Stan Heath did seem relieved to get out of Rosemont with a win to help build his team's postseason resume.

"You have to give DePaul a lot of credit," said Heath. "It's not a typical 1-16 team. It just isn't. I don't think it was just tonight. It's been that way for everybody. I don't know if we played our A-game, B-game, C-game, but I do know that it was a hard fought win."

The Golden Bulls realize they could finish as high as seventh in the league and earn a bye for the first day of next week's Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. A win over UConn in Tampa this weekend would get USF to .500 in the league.

"To go .500 (in Big East play) would be a huge feather in our cap, it would mean a lot," said Heath.

The Bulls were led by 20 points from junior guard Dominique Jones. Jones, who ranks 10th in the nation in scoring, could be a candidate to turn professional. Scouts from seven NBA teams were in attendance to see Jones' performance.

The Blue Demons get one more crack at ending their 11 game losing skid on Friday night as they take on the St. John's Red Storm on Senior Night at Allstate Arena.

"We just have to move on and try to get one on Friday," Webster said.

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