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DePaul 65, UC Irvine 53

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Led by Sammy Mejia's 13 point second-half
performance, DePaul upended UC Irvine 65-53 Wednesday night.

Mejia, who's scored 1,188 points in his career, had a slow first
half but picked it up after the break to finish with a game-high 15
points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Demons (7-5). He joins Terrence
Greene and Tom Kleinschmidt as the third player in DePaul history
to have 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists and now 100 steals.

"I know that at the beginning of every game teams are going to
key out on me, so I try to not to go out there and force it from
the beginning," Mejia said. "I let other guys get involved. That
happened today.

"I just try not to force it in the beginning and let the game
come to me."

Nic Campbell and Mark Kelley led UC Irvine (4-7) with 10 points
apiece. Darren Fells and Chuma Awaji had a game-high five assists
each for the Anteaters.

"I was a little disappointed with our performance. I thought we
could have executed ourselves a little bit better," Anteater head
coach Pat Douglass said. "It would have been an upset for us to
win but for some reason, we felt we could play a little better than
we did tonight."

Wilson Chandler added 14 points for the Blue Demons (7-5), while
Draelon Burns' 10 points, including two shots outside the arc in
less than ten minutes, all came in the first half.

DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright said he knows Burns can do good
things for the team.

"I just always feel good when I have him on the bench,"
Wainwright said. "It's like carrying an extra battery in your car.
He's got a great temperament for coming off the bench."

The win kicked off three games at home for the Blue Demons,
their longest home stretch of the season.

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