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Marquette Tops DePaul in Milwaukee
Charles McKinney scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds on Saturday.

Charles McKinney scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds on Saturday.

Feb. 9, 2013

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Brandon Young scored 21 points as DePaul dropped an 89-78 loss at No. 24 Marquette on Saturday afternoon. Donnavan Kirk and Worrel Clahar each scored a career-high 16 points for the Blue Demons.

Clahar knocked down three three’s and his jumper with 4:45 left in the game pulled the Blue Demons to within four at 77-73. That would be as close as DePaul (10-13, 1-9 BIG EAST) would get as Davante Gardner answered on Marquette’s next possession with a three-point play.

Gardner’s bucket and free throw sparked an eight-point run that ended with Marquette (17-5, 8-2 BIG EAST) leading 85-73 with 2:31 left on the clock.

DePaul trailed, 43-38, after a first half that saw the Blue Demons open up an early 10-6 lead. The Golden Eagles led by as many as seven with just over a minute until intermission before Jamee Crockett beat the buzzer with a breakaway lay-up.

Young added six assists, four steals and three rebounds to his game-high 21 points while Kirk blocked three shots and pulled down four boards. Clahar matched his career best with 16 points and also dished out four assists.

Marquette was led by 18 points from Vander Blue and 17 from Junior Cadougan.

Up next for the Blue Demons is Wednesday night game at Notre Dame. Start time at Purcell Pavilion is 7 p.m. ET.

 

Postgame Notes:

- Marquette leads the series, 68-44... Saturday was the 112th meeting between the two programs... the Golden Eagles have won the last four games.

- Brandon Young became the first player since Rod Strickland with at least 100 assists in three straight seasons... Young’s six assists at Marquette give him 103 for the season.

- Young scored at least 20 points for the sixth time this season (19 career)... it was his 65th career game in double-figures.

- DePaul has lost 39 straight games against ranked opponents... the last win for DePaul over a ranked opponent was an 85-76 win against No. 17/16 Villanova on Jan. 3, 2008.

- Donnavan Kirk scored a career-high 16 points... his previous high was 14 on two occasions... it marked his fourth game this season (sixth career) in double-figures.

- Worrel Clahar matched his career best with 16 points... he also scored 16 against Marquette last season on Feb. 6... Clahar’s three three-pointers match a career high (third time)... he has made three three’s in each of the last two games.