ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Steven Rush scored 40 points and Austin Ewing added 21 points as North Carolina A&T erased an early 16-point deficit to upset DePaul 96-93 on Saturday.
Rush set an Allstate Arena record by making 10 3-pointers in the game and the Aggies set the arena team record with 17 3-pointers.Leading 58-53 with 15:40 left, Rush sparked North Carolina A&T (4-2) by scoring eight straight points. He hit a 3, then made a jumper. Rush then had the DePaul (1-2) fans in shocked when he hit a 3, well beyond the 3-point arc.Thomas Coleman gave the Aggies a 68-53 lead with a dunk with 13:10 left.DePaul freshman Dar Tucker's 3-point attempt to tie the game missed as time expired.Cliff Clinkscales hit a 3 for DePaul to cut the lead to 87-82 with 2:55 left, but Ewing answered with another 3 for the Aggies.DePaul got within 91-89 on Draelon Burns jumper with 48.3 seconds left but the Aggies came back with three free throws.Burns finished with 32 points and Tucker added 20 for DePaul.The Aggies led 48-45 at the half after trailing 34-18 midway through the half. They came back by scoring 16 straight points on five 3-pointers.Ewing and Rush each hit two 3's during the span. Ewing's second 3 tied the game at 34 with 7:07 left in the half and Rush put the Aggies up 46-41 with 2:01 left. Rush scored 17 points in the half on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.Burns led DePaul with 20 points in the first half on 5-of-10 shooting.