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Blue Demons Rip Southern



ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Dar Tucker scored 21 points and Will Walker added 19 as DePaul beat Southern 83-46 in the second round of the Las Vegas Classic on Friday night at the Allstate Arena.

DePaul (6-4) used a barrage of first half 3-pointers -- including four from Tucker -- on the way to a 46-24 halftime lead. The Blue Demons also shot a season-high 55-percent (33-for-60) from the field for the game.

Tucker, a sophomore forward, hit 12-of-14 from the field. Mac Koshwal added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Southern (0-10) managed just 30 percent shooting and committed 20 turnovers. The Blue Demons cemented the win with a 12-0 run midway through the second half.

The Jaguars' Chris Taylor, Tim Brown and Gregory Horne each led the team with eight points.

Notable
The 37-point margin of victory was the highest for DePaul since a 39-point (108-69) win over Syracuse on March 2, 2006 at the Allstate Arena.

DePaul’s 83 points was a season-high.

Mac Koshwal had his second double-double of the season and the seventh of his career.

Dar Tucker had a season-high .889 (8-for-9) shooting percentage from the field and scored 21 points, the eighth game this season he has led the Blue Demons in scoring and the sixth time he has scored 20 or more points.

Devin Hill’s six blocked shots were the most by a DePaul player since Steve Hunter had eight against Houston on February 7, 2001. Hill already has 23 blocks on the season (Mac Koshwal led the Blue Demons with 24 all of last season).

DePaul’s 22 point halftime lead was the largest of the season while the 39 point lead with 3:18 to play was the largest lead of the season.

Freshman Kene Obi scored the first field goal of his collegiate career on a dunk.

Series Notes
This was the first meeting between DePaul and Southern.

Up Next
DePaul tangles with Saint Louis on Monday in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Classic on Monday at 7 p.m. (CST). The game will be broadcast on WSCR (670 AM) in Chicago.