Feb 24, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles guard Markus Howard (0) is defended by DePaul Blue Demons forward Paul Reed (15) during the first half at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Eli Cain had 14 points and Maric and Brandon Cyrus added 13 apiece for the Blue Demons (11-17, 4-12 Big East). Maric had 13 rebounds and Strus 11 as DePaul had a 49-30 rebounding advantage, including 19-6 on the offensive end that led to a 15-4 difference in second-chance points.
Down 33-28 at intermission, early in the second half DePaul scored seven straight points to tie the game and then pushed that to a 24-5 run to lead 52-40 with 7 to go. Cyrus had eight points in the game-changing run. The Blue Demons made 17 of 21 free throws in the second half, 10 of 12 in the last two minutes.