PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Karron Clarke scored a season-high 21
points and DePaul held Rutgers to its lowest point total in the
shot clock era in posting a 60-37 win over the Scarlet Knights on
Draelon Burns and Marcus Heard added 10 points each for DePaul
(11-7, 2-2 in Big East), which never trailed. J.R. Inman finished
with 10 points for Rutgers (8-9, 1-3), which has lost three of its
last four games.
The Scarlet Knight did keep DePaul's top two scorers in check --
Sammy Mejia and Wilson Chandler were held to a combined nine points
-- but Clarke picked up the slack, scoring 14 points in the first
half as the Demon Deacons took a 30-20 lead at the break.
DePaul then took control of the game as Rutgers went cold early
in the second half, going without a field goal for nearly nine
minutes while DePaul opened a 40-25 lead.
Overall, the Scarlet Knights shot 26.5 percent from the field,
marking the second straight game in which they hit less than 30
percent of their shots. The 37 points also marked Rutgers' lowest
point total since a 30-29 loss at St. Bonaventure Jan. 25, 1982.
DePaul also won the battle of the boards, as Mejia had 10
rebounds in helping the Demons to a 40-28 advantage.
Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes.
Point guard Jaylen Fisher, who reopened his recruitment after coaching changes at UNLV, has committed to TCU over a long list of schools.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.