NCAA hoops roundup: DePaul rolling in the Big East

NCAA hoops roundup: DePaul rolling in the Big East
January 14, 2014, 11:00 pm
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ROSEMONT -- Billy Garrett Jr. scored 21 points, and DePaul won its second straight, beating St. John's 77-75 on Tuesday night.

The Blue Demons (10-8, 2-3) blew a seven-point lead in the second half but pulled it out in the closing minutes to come away with back-to-back Big East wins for the first time in six years.

St. John's (9-7, 0-4) was leading by three when Garrett scored on a fastbreak layup with three minutes to go. The Red Storm's Rysheed Jordan lost his dribble, leading to a floater by Cleveland Melvin that put DePaul ahead 76-75 with 2:19 remaining.

D'Angelo Harrison missed a 3 at the shot clock buzzer for St. John's and Orlando Sanchez put up an airball on a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left. The Red Storm had another chance after Young had a layup blocked out of bounds and Melvin missed a jumper from the wing off the inbounds with 11 seconds remaining.

But Max Hooper missed a 3 for St. John's. Brandon Young then hit the second free throw after missing the first for DePaul to make it 77-75 with 1.9 seconds left, and Jordan's halfcourt heave hit the top of the backboard as time expired, preserving the win for the Blue Demons.

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No. 5 Wichita State pounds Bradley

WICHITA, Kan. -- The stat that caught Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall's eye Tuesday night was minutes played.

Only one of Marshall's Shockers played more than 24 minutes as No. 5 Wichita State smacked Bradley 72-50 to remain unbeaten.

"It's not just that we were able to rest our starters," Marshall said, "we're still trying to lengthen our bench, too, find more guys that can pull the wagon."

Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven rebounds, and Darius Carter added 11 points for the Shockers (18-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who extended school records for winning streak and best start to a season in their first game as a top 5 team since 1981.

Walt Lemon scored 12 points, Tyshon Pickett added 11 and Omari Grier had 10 for Bradley (6-12, 1-4). Those three were a combined 12 of 37 from the field.

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Southern Illinois rallies past Northern Iowa

CARBONDALE -- Desmar Jackson hit a go-ahead jumper with six seconds left and blocked the ensuing layup attempt to complete Southern Illinois' 68-66 come-from-behind victory over Northern Iowa Tuesday night.

Northern Iowa (9-8, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference) used a 28-7 run to race out to a 36-19 lead in the first half.

The Salukis (6-12, 2-3) stormed back from a late 64-52 deficit as Sean O'Brien hit a 3-pointer and Jackson converted a three-point play to tie the game at 66 with 1:10 left.

After a Davante Drinkard block, Jackson sank a jumper and blocked Deon Mitchell in the final seconds. Chip Rank's putback couldn't find the net either.

Southern Illinois shot 46.2 percent, closing the game on a 16-2 surge. Jackson finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, O'Brien had 15 points and Anthony Beane added 14.

The Panthers were led by Seth Tuttle with 24 points and nine rebounds.

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