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DePaul rallies for 74-62 win, ends 8-game skid vs Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) Facing yet another discouraging loss against Xavier, the Blue Demons put together one of their best stretches of the season to finally pull one out. They're 0-for-Cintas no more.

Max Strus scored six points during DePaul's late 16-0 run, and the Blue Demons ended their eight-game losing streak against Xavier with a 74-62 victory Saturday night.

Down by eight, DePaul (12-9, 4-6 Big East) rallied by taking advantage of three straight Xavier turnovers . Strus scored off an inbound pass for a 60-57 lead with 2:45 to go, and Xavier went nearly 5 minutes without a field goal as DePaul pulled away to a notable win.

The Blue Demons were 0-5 at the Cintas Center before Saturday.

''We hadn't won here, and their crowd support is tremendous, so I thought we were going to have to have a certain mindset starting with our poise, and we did,'' coach Dave Leitao said.

Strus led DePaul with 17 points. The Blue Demons dominated the boards 40-32, getting 14 offensive rebounds.

Xavier (11-13, 3-8) has lost six straight , its worst slump in two years. Naji Marshall led the Musketeers with 22 points. Xavier had another sloppy game, turning the ball over 10 times in the second half.

''We had a couple of turnovers in a row and that got them going,'' said Paul Scruggs, who had 13 points. ''We just rush ourselves. That's it.''

The teams combined for horrific shooting to start the game. DePaul missed 13 of its first 14 shots, but led 3-2 with 13 minutes left in the opening half as Xavier missed on 10 of its first 11. The Musketeers were ahead 31-30 at halftime behind Marshall's 16 points.

Xavier made four straight shots - three of them by Scruggs - and pulled ahead by eight early in the second half before the Blue Demons rallied. They had crumbled during a 74-65 loss to Xavier that opened Big East play on Dec. 29, but played their best at the end in the rematch.

''We've been a work in progress as a team,'' Leitao said. ''We've had some other games where we played decent but lost in those critical moments. We talked about it, and tonight we rose to the occasion.''

Xavier hadn't lost six straight since late in the 2016-17 season, when injuries to star players including Trevon Bluiett led to a slump.

''A gut-wrenching loss,'' Xavier coach Travis Steele called it.

BIG PICTURE

DePaul: The Blue Demons improved to 3-3 on the road in the Big East, matching their win total from last season.

Xavier: The Musketeers haven't had a losing season since 1995-96, when they went 13-15 in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. In five seasons in the Big East, their worst finish in league play was 9-9.

SERIES STUFF

Xavier leads the series 14-10. The Musketeers have won 11 of their 13 games in the Big East. DePaul's last win in the series was 71-68 on Jan. 3, 2015.

ARCTIC COLD

Midway through the first half, the teams were a combined 7 of 32 from the field (22 percent), 1 of 13 from beyond the arc, and 2 of 7 from the free-throw line.

3-RANGE

Eli Cain had a pair of 3s, passing Brandon Cole (1991-95) and moving into fourth place on DePaul's career list with 156.

UP NEXT

DePaul hosts Marquette on Tuesday. The Blue Demons lost at Marquette 79-69 on Jan. 23.

Xavier hosts Creighton on Wednesday. The Musketeers lost at Creighton 76-54 on Feb. 3.

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Key Players
M. Strus
N. Marshall
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
6.8 Reb. Per Game 6.8
39.5 Field Goal % 40.2
33.3 Three Point % 24.2
77.2 Free Throw % 73.5
+ 1 Quentin Goodin made 2nd of 2 free throws 29.0
  Quentin Goodin missed 1st of 2 free throws 29.0
  Shooting foul on Max Strus 29.0
+ 1 Eli Cain made 2nd of 2 free throws 34.0
+ 1 Eli Cain made 1st of 2 free throws 34.0
  Personal foul on Paul Scruggs 34.0
+ 2 Quentin Goodin made driving layup 35.0
+ 1 Max Strus made 2nd of 2 free throws 42.0
+ 1 Max Strus made 1st of 2 free throws 42.0
  Personal foul on Naji Marshall 42.0
  Offensive rebound by Max Strus 45.0
Team Stats
Points 74 62
Field Goals 28-62 (45.2%) 21-52 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 4-18 (22.2%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 40 32
Offensive 14 7
Defensive 25 24
Team 1 1
Assists 11 12
Steals 9 4
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 12 16
Fouls 17 17
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
22 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo DePaul 13-9 304474
home team logo Xavier 11-13 313162
Team Stats
away team logo DePaul 13-9 78.4 PPG 40.5 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Xavier 11-13 72.2 PPG 39.2 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
31
M. Strus G 20.1 PPG 5.9 RPG 2.2 APG 42.9 FG%
13
N. Marshall F 14.7 PPG 7.2 RPG 3.4 APG 39.4 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Strus G 17 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
N. Marshall F 22 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
45.2 FG% 40.4
22.2 3PT FG% 27.8
73.7 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Strus 17 5 1 6/20 1/9 4/4 4 39 2 0 3 2 3
P. Reed 15 8 0 6/12 1/2 2/2 2 27 2 3 2 2 6
E. Cain 13 5 2 4/10 2/5 3/4 3 38 2 0 3 2 3
D. Gage 8 5 4 3/4 0/0 2/2 3 28 2 0 0 0 5
J. Butz 6 6 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 29 0 0 0 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Strus 17 5 1 6/20 1/9 4/4 4 39 2 0 3 2 3
P. Reed 15 8 0 6/12 1/2 2/2 2 27 2 3 2 2 6
E. Cain 13 5 2 4/10 2/5 3/4 3 38 2 0 3 2 3
D. Gage 8 5 4 3/4 0/0 2/2 3 28 2 0 0 0 5
J. Butz 6 6 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 29 0 0 0 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Olujobi 15 9 2 6/9 0/1 3/7 1 24 1 0 3 5 4
L. Shreiner 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 15 0 0 1 0 1
J. Coleman-Lands - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Malonga - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Xidias - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Cameron - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Maslennikov - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sullivan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Diener - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 39 11 28/62 4/18 14/19 17 200 9 3 12 14 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Marshall 22 4 4 7/15 2/3 6/7 5 36 1 1 5 0 4
P. Scruggs 13 5 3 5/11 2/7 1/2 2 37 1 1 6 1 4
Q. Goodin 12 3 1 2/9 1/5 7/8 2 38 0 0 3 0 3
T. Jones 9 9 2 4/9 0/0 1/3 3 30 2 1 2 4 5
Z. Hankins 4 7 1 2/5 0/1 0/0 2 19 0 3 0 1 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Marshall 22 4 4 7/15 2/3 6/7 5 36 1 1 5 0 4
P. Scruggs 13 5 3 5/11 2/7 1/2 2 37 1 1 6 1 4
Q. Goodin 12 3 1 2/9 1/5 7/8 2 38 0 0 3 0 3
T. Jones 9 9 2 4/9 0/0 1/3 3 30 2 1 2 4 5
Z. Hankins 4 7 1 2/5 0/1 0/0 2 19 0 3 0 1 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Welage 2 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 8 0 0 0 0 1
K. Castlin 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 22 0 0 0 1 1
E. Harden 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 0
L. Schrand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hanson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. James - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Swetye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Singh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 31 12 21/52 5/18 15/20 17 200 4 6 16 7 24