For a half, it looked like the DePaul Blue Demons might have had enough to pull the upset against No. 19 Marquette at the Allstate Arena, but a huge final 20 minutes for the Golden Eagles put the game out of hand. Marquette defeated DePaul 89-76 by outscoring the Blue Demons 49-33 in the second half.
Five Marquette players reached double-figures in scoring in the win, led by guard Darius Johnson-Odom. Johnson-Odom had 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Jamil Wilson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Junior Cadougan scored 10 and dropped eight assists. Jae Crowder (14 points) and Vander Blue (16 points) starred off the bench for the Golden Eagles in the win.
DePaul was led by Cleveland Melvin, who finished with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Teammate Jamee Crockett added 17 points in the loss. Worrel Clahar had 16 points for the Blue Demons.
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