NEW YORK -- Will Walker and Dar Tucker scored 17 points apiece and DePaul ended its 18-game losing streak with a 67-57 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
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The 16th-seeded Blue Demons (9-23) avoided the most losses in a season in school history and advanced to the second round against eighth-seeded Providence on Wednesday.Mac Koshwal had 12 points and nine rebounds for DePaul, which last won Dec. 28 against Alcorn State.Deonta Vaughn had 15 points for the Bearcats (18-14), who dropped to 0-3 all-time in the Big East tournament.Cincinnati led 41-38 before the Blue Demons went on a 15-2 run during which the Bearcats missed 13 of 14 shots from the field.Tucker, limited to five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, scored all his points in the second half -- nine in the final 5:30.