DePaul Edges No. 17 Villanova
Villanova's Dante Cunningham (33) shoots over DePaul's Mac Koshwal during the first half.
Villanova's Dante Cunningham (33) shoots over DePaul's Mac Koshwal during the first half.

Jan. 4, 2008

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Draelon Burns scored 20 points and Karron Clarke added 14 as DePaul upset No. 17 Villanova 84-76 on Thursday night in the Big East opener for both teams.

The Blue Demons (5-7), who had the worst non-conference record among the 16 conference schools, opened an 18-8 lead on a 3-pointer by Cliff Clinkscales. They extended it to 40-25 with 14 seconds left in the half on Clarke's alley-oop dunk off an inbounds play from the baseline.

Corey Fisher made a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in the half for Villanova (10-2) to make it 40-28 at halftime.

Burns hit a 3 to start an 11-2 run early in the second half that gave DePaul a 53-38 lead with 14:27 left.

Burns gave DePaul its biggest lead of the game when he made a steal and finished with a layup on the other end to make it 60-44 with 8:42 left.

Villanova then scored 10 straight points.

Dante Cunningham made a jumper then hit one free throw and Antonio Pena had a tip-in that got the Wildcats within 68-64 with 3:30 left. But Burns made two free throws and then had a steal and layup to put Depaul up 72-64 with 2:57 left.

Fisher led Villanova with 23 points and Cunningham had 16.

Villanova coach Jay Wright was called for a technical foul by official Tony Greene with 13:12 left in the first half for arguing a traveling call on Scottie Reynolds.

Will Walker, Clinkscales and Wes Green all had 12 points for DePaul, which lost at home to North Carolina A&T and Illinois-Chicago this season.

Reynolds, who came in averaging 17 points for Villanova, finished with 11.

Villanova was just 1-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half.

The Wildcats played without center Casiem Drummond. He missed his third game with a stress fracture in his right ankle and it hasn't been determined when he will return.



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