Scores

Final

South Florida 54

(12-18, 3-13 Big East)

DePaul 70

(18-12, 9-7 Big East)

    2:00 PM ET, March 3, 2007

    Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

    1 2 T
    USF 25 2954
    DEP 36 3470

    Top Performers

    South Florida: K. Gransberry 26 Pts, 23 Reb

    DePaul: S. Mejia 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    DePaul 70, South Florida 54

    Associated Press

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Sammy Mejia scored 26 points to lead DePaul to a 70-54 win over the University of South Florida on Saturday.

    The Blue Demons (18-12, 9-7 Big East) head into next week's Big East tournament having won five of the last six games. DePaul entered Saturday as the No. 8 seed, with pairings for the 12-team tournament scheduled to be released on Sunday.

    Mejia was 9-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Draelon Burns added 11 points.

    The season sweep of the South Florida (12-19, 3-13) gave DePaul a 13-2 record at Allstate Arena this year, the Blue Demons' best home campaign in 15 years.

    South Florida, which did not qualify for the conference tournament, ended its season on a seven-game losing streak.

    Kentrell Gransberry scored 26 points and matched an arena record with 23 rebounds, getting 13 on the offensive glass for the Bulls.

    DePaul had a 49-31 lead early in the second half, but went nearly five minutes without a field goal. The Bulls pulled to 62-52 with 2:47 to play, but DePaul closed out the game with an 8-0 run.

    South Florida trailed 36-25 at intermission, kept close by Gransberry, who scored seven of his nine first-half points in the final 4:18 of the period.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USF
    DEP
    Points 54 70
    FG Made-Attempted 23-58 (.397) 23-52 (.442)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-12 (.167) 9-19 (.474)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 15-26 (.577)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

    2006-07 Season

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