ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Dominique Jones scored 22 points and had eight rebounds and Jesus Verdejo added 18 points and eight rebounds to lead South Florida to its first Big East win of the season, beating DePaul 80-58 on Saturday.
Early in the first half, South Florida (6-9, 1-2) outscored DePaul 6-0 to take control of the game. Verdejo gave Augustus Gilchrist a nice pass for a dunk, then Verdejo had a layup and Alex Rivas' basket gave the Bulls a 15-6 lead.DePaul (8-9, 0-4) has lost 14 of its last 16 Big East games, dating back to last season. Mac Koshwal led the Blue Demons with 18 points and eight rebounds. He had 14 points and six rebounds in the first half for DePaul.South Florida outrebounded DePaul 40-22 and DePaul was 12-of-23 from the free throw line.South Florida led 39-29 at the half. Jones and Gilchrist both had 12 points in the half. Gilchrist finished with 16 points.