ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- DePaul made sure from the start the
rematch with Cincinnati would be different.
The Bearcats beat DePaul 83-54 in Cincinnati on Jan. 6, but the
Blue Demons dominated almost every phase of the rematch to win
their fourth straight game and eighth of nine.
DePaul was aggressive offensively right from the start,
something the Blue Demons didn't do the first time they played
"That was our game plan coming into today, to just attack and
be aggressive and get to the basket. We have great players so we
were able to finish," said DePaul's Sammy Mejia, who had 16 points
and 10 rebounds. "We were really aggressive offensively and they
seemed kind of surprised."
Leading 57-45 with 14:33 left, DePaul (16-5, 8-2 Conference USA)
went on a 16-4 run. Mejia started the spurt with a 3-pointer and
had nine points in it. Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins was called for
a technical foul for arguing with an official during the span.
Mejia capped the run with consecutive jumpers that extended the
lead to 73-49 with 9:03 to play.
Diener hit his sixth 3 of the game to increase DePaul's lead to
79-54 with 6:22 left in the game.
"The way they took it to us at their place (and) to come back
from that really shows us how far we have come," Diener said.
Huggins wasn't thrilled with Cincinnati's schedule, that had
them playing at Charlotte on Saturday, then Xavier on Thursday in
Cincinnati, while DePaul had almost a week to prepare after playing
at Saint Louis on Sunday.
"It's not right, it's wrong, it's not fair to the kids,"
But Huggins didn't want to take anything away from DePaul.
"They were absolutely terrific. They had an answer for
everything we tried to do," Huggins said.
Greer was 8-of-13 from the field, including 3-for-5 from 3-point
range. He played only 8 minutes in the first half because of foul
trouble, but scored 16 points in the second half.
LeVar Seals banked in a jump shot to give DePaul a 41-28 lead
with 2:05 left in the first half and the Blue Demons were up 43-33
at halftime. DePaul was able to penetrate for easy baskets and
Huggins tried to send a message by playing seldom-used freshman
walk-on Ryan Patzwald late in the first half.