DePaul Ends Skid with 86-68 Win Over Saint Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Joe Tulley scored a career-high 23 points as DePaul ended a six-game Conference-USA losing streak with an 86-68 victory over Saint Louis Wednesday night.
Tulley, a sophomore who entered with a 4.6-point average, has scored 62 points the last four games and 43 the rest of the season. He was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and 6-for-9 overall to top his previous best of 18 in a victory over Temple Jan. 20.
Bobby Simmons had 22 points for DePaul (10-10, 2-6 Conference USA), and hit all five of his 3-pointers. Simmons had two 3-pointers and a technical free throw as the Blue Demons, who had lost six of their last seven overall, opened it up with an 8-0 run that made it 65-53 with 8:55 left.
Steve Hunter had 20 points, a season-best, going 8-for-10, Andre Brown had 16 points and eight rebounds and Imari Sawyer had 12 assists.
Both of DePaul's conference victories have come against Saint Louis, including a 68-43 blowout in Chicago Dec. 19, and the Blue Demons have won three straight at St. Louis overall. DePaul shot 54.7 percent, its first time above 50 percent in eight games and only its second time in 14 games.
Maurice Jeffers had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists for Saint Louis (11-9, 3-4), playing for the first time in a week. The Billikens, who are 8-3 at home, lost consecutive games in the Savvis Center for the first time since setbacks to Alabama-Birmingham and Southern Mississippi on Jan. 29 and Feb. 2, 1997.
Chris Heinrich added 17 points and seven rebounds for the losers.
Saint Louis hadn't allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent before losing a week ago to Marquette.
There were 11 lead changes in the first half, and DePaul shot 50 percent for a 38-37 edge. Tulley had 13 points at the break on 4-for-6 shooting.