Scores

Final

Northwestern St 67

(5-6, 1-6 away)

DePaul 97

(9-5, 8-0 home)

    8:30 PM ET, December 29, 2006

    Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

    1 2 T
    NWST 42 2567
    DEP 46 5197

    Top Performers

    Northwestern State: J. Moody 9 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    DePaul: S. Mejia 40 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    DePaul 97, Northwestern State 67

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Sammy Mejia scored 40 points to lead DePaul (9-5) to a season-high 97-67 victory over Northwestern State (5-6) Friday night.

    The first half was rocky for the Blue Demons initially as Northwestern State jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first six minutes of the game.

    That all changed as Karron Clarke hit a jumper and then Mejia hit a lay up to help keep pace with Northwestern State.

    Mejia then took his opponent to town, hitting three-pointer after three-pointer to take the lead with 10 minutes to go in the half and help finish the first half ahead 46-42.

    With 4:24 to go in the game, Mejia hit the 40-point mark on a lay up and Northwestern State called its last time-out.

    It was tough night for Northwestern State as Jermaine Spencer had to the leave the game with 33 seconds to go in the first half with an injured right Achilles tendon.

    Spencer and Gerrell Thomas both had 10 points apiece for Northwestern State. The loss was Northwestern State's worst in 77 games.

    Mejia's 40 points set a new personal career high. He also had a career-high five three pointers, all in the first half, during which he scored 27 points. He surpassed his season-high 23 points with less than two minutes to go in the first half.

    Mejia is the eighth player in DePaul history to hit 40 points in a game. The last player to do so was David Booth on Dec. 15, 1990 in a loss to UCLA.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NWST
    DEP
    Points 67 97
    FG Made-Attempted 26-70 (.371) 41-76 (.539)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-23 (.217) 9-24 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-16 (.625) 6-11 (.545)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 30

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