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Popovic scores 19 to lead Boston College past DePaul 65-62

CHICAGO (AP) Boston College struggled during much of its first true road game. Then the Eagles came up with big plays when it mattered most.

Nik Popovic scored 19 points and Wynston Tabbs had 15 as Boston College rallied to beat DePaul 65-62 on Saturday.

Ky Bowman added 11 points and Chris Herren Jr. had 10 for the Eagles (9-2), who have won three straight.

''We learned we have to work much harder on the road and that we started the game a little softer but towards the end we got better,'' Popovic said. ''That's the part we have to fix.''

Max Strus scored 16 points and Eli Cain added 14 for DePaul (8-3), which led by as much as 12 and was off to its best season start since 2002-03.

Tabbs hit a jumper to get the Eagles within one with 3:04 left before DePaul responded with a Femi Olujobi jumper and a Strus dunk. Tabbs' layup cut the deficit to one with 45 seconds left after a Boston College steal. Tabbs then stole the inbounds pass and was fouled on a dunk attempt. His free throws gave the Eagles their first lead at 61-60.

''I was just playing my gap and I saw the ball go up in the air and I just took off,'' Tabbs said about the steal.

After Strus missed a 3, Tabbs hit both foul shots for a 63-60 lead with nine seconds remaining. Devin Gage made two free throws on the other end before Popovic hit two foul shots to seal it.

DePaul scored two points in the final 2:06.

''We know we have to bring our own energy now. It's just a great win to keep our confidence going,'' Tabbs said.

Both teams struggled on offense with Boston College shooting 40 percent and DePaul 36.6 percent. The Eagles made just 3 of 18 shots from beyond the arc.

DePaul outrebounded Boston College 47-40.

Bowman, who averages 19.6 points per game, had four points on 2-for-7 shooting at halftime.

The Eagles ended the first half on an 8-0 run to cut their deficit to 32-28.

''It started early on, about 10 minutes into the game, when we got up comfortably by double figures. Then we didn't continue from either a mentality standpoint or a game-planning standpoint to do on either end what we needed to,'' DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. ''Credit Boston College for their resiliency and hanging in there on the road.''

BIG PICTURE

Boston College is bouncing back from a 100-95 loss in overtime to Providence by winning three straight.

DePaul closes out its nonconference schedule with a solid 8-3 record, including an overtime win over Penn State. Yet the schedule becomes more treacherous and the Blue Demons haven't finished a season with a winning record since 2006-07.

HE SAID IT

''We should have won this game regardless because we were just struggling making 3-point shots and playing soft in the first half,'' Popovic said. ''If we played a little harder, we definitely win this game.''

TIP-INS

Boston College's Jordan Chatman (ankle) missed his third straight game. He is averaging 13.9 points per game. ... The Eagles' Jared Hamilton played his first game after sitting out the beginning of the season due to NCAA transfer regulations. He transferred from Georgia Southern. ... Herren, previously a walk-on, was given a full scholarship Thursday. ... DePaul's Jalen Coleman-Lands (broken left hand) missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT

Boston College will play its nonconference finale Dec. 31 at home against Hartford.

DePaul will open its Big East schedule Saturday against Xavier.

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Key Players
K. Bowman
M. Strus
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
20.1 Pts. Per Game 20.1
2.6 Ast. Per Game 2.6
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
42.0 Field Goal % 43.8
31.3 Three Point % 35.1
82.1 Free Throw % 73.2
+ 1 Nik Popovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
+ 1 Nik Popovic made 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Eli Cain 3.0
+ 1 Devin Gage made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 Devin Gage made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Ky Bowman 6.0
+ 1 Wynston Tabbs made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
+ 1 Wynston Tabbs made 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Personal foul on Devin Gage 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Wynston Tabbs 9.0
  Max Strus missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
Team Stats
Points 65 62
Field Goals 26-65 (40.0%) 26-71 (36.6%)
3-Pointers 3-18 (16.7%) 4-24 (16.7%)
Free Throws 10-13 (76.9%) 6-8 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 40 47
Offensive 8 16
Defensive 25 29
Team 7 2
Assists 10 14
Steals 9 9
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 11 18
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
16 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Boston College 9-2 283765
home team logo DePaul 8-3 323062
Team Stats
away team logo Boston College 9-2 70.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo DePaul 8-3 77.6 PPG 40.7 RPG 14.7 APG
Key Players
21
N. Popovic F 14.5 PPG 7.2 RPG 1.1 APG 52.6 FG%
31
M. Strus G 19.3 PPG 6.0 RPG 2.4 APG 42.7 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Popovic F 19 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
M. Strus G 16 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
40.0 FG% 36.6
16.7 3PT FG% 16.7
76.9 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Popovic 19 3 1 7/12 0/2 5/5 1 32 1 1 3 1 2
W. Tabbs 15 3 4 5/15 0/2 5/6 0 36 3 1 1 0 3
K. Bowman 11 8 3 5/15 1/5 0/0 4 40 2 1 4 0 8
C. Herren Jr. 10 2 1 4/10 2/6 0/0 1 29 0 1 0 1 1
Ja. Hamilton 4 5 0 2/6 0/1 0/0 3 16 0 0 3 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Popovic 19 3 1 7/12 0/2 5/5 1 32 1 1 3 1 2
W. Tabbs 15 3 4 5/15 0/2 5/6 0 36 3 1 1 0 3
K. Bowman 11 8 3 5/15 1/5 0/0 4 40 2 1 4 0 8
C. Herren Jr. 10 2 1 4/10 2/6 0/0 1 29 0 1 0 1 1
Ja. Hamilton 4 5 0 2/6 0/1 0/0 3 16 0 0 3 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Ja. Hamilton 4 0 0 2/5 0/2 0/2 1 15 1 0 2 0 0
S. Mitchell 2 9 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 27 1 0 0 3 6
J. Reyes 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 2
L. Kraljevic 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 2 1 0
J. Chatman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Gehan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Meznieks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. DiLuccio - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Baker Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bohuny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Holtze - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Jackowitz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 33 10 26/65 3/18 10/13 11 200 9 4 15 8 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Strus 16 9 4 7/22 1/10 1/1 4 39 1 0 3 3 6
E. Cain 14 2 3 5/15 2/11 2/4 2 36 2 3 4 0 2
F. Olujobi 9 6 2 4/7 1/1 0/0 1 28 0 1 2 4 2
D. Gage 8 5 4 3/10 0/1 2/2 4 28 2 0 2 0 5
P. Reed 6 11 0 3/7 0/0 0/0 3 30 1 1 2 4 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Strus 16 9 4 7/22 1/10 1/1 4 39 1 0 3 3 6
E. Cain 14 2 3 5/15 2/11 2/4 2 36 2 3 4 0 2
F. Olujobi 9 6 2 4/7 1/1 0/0 1 28 0 1 2 4 2
D. Gage 8 5 4 3/10 0/1 2/2 4 28 2 0 2 0 5
P. Reed 6 11 0 3/7 0/0 0/0 3 30 1 1 2 4 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Butz 7 9 1 3/4 0/0 1/1 2 20 2 1 0 3 6
L. Shreiner 2 3 0 1/6 0/1 0/0 2 17 1 0 3 2 1
F. Cameron 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Coleman-Lands - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Malonga - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Xidias - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Maslennikov - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sullivan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ozanne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Diener - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 45 14 26/71 4/24 6/8 18 200 9 6 16 16 29