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Wildcats Fall to DePaul 73-65

Jan. 6, 2007

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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Wilson Chandler had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Sammy Mejia hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead DePaul to a 73-65 win over Villanova on Saturday.

Draelon Burns scored 13 points for the Blue Demons (10-6, 1-1 Big East) who won for the sixth time in seven games. After shooting a season low 33 percent in their loss to St. John's, the Blue Demons shot 49 percent in this one and went 10-for-24 from 3-point range.

Scottie Reynolds led the Wildcats (10-4, 0-2) with 25 points, Curtis Sumpter had 15 and Mike Nardi 13. Villanova is one loss away from matching its total for all of last season, when the Wildcats won more games than in any other year in team history.

DePaul, riding high since beating then-No. 5 Kansas early last month, won its first game in the Philadelphia area since 1976.

The Wildcats only trailed by three after Sumpter's baseline dunk with 5:57 left in the game, then slumped badly down the stretch and didn't score again until Reynolds hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left.

Reynolds then hit his seventh 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds to go and cut the gap to seven points, but it was too late and the Wildcats left with their first two-game losing streak since January 2005.

DePaul never trailed until Reynolds tied the score on a driving layup and Shane Clark hit a jumper from the left side to give the Wildcats a 51-49 lead with 8:40 left in the game.

Burns silenced the rally and the raucous crowd with two straight 3-pointers, and Mejia hit another 3 for a 58-54 lead that the Blue Demons never relinquished while the Wildcats went cold.

Each team was incredibly streaky in the first half, with the Blue Demons sinking three straight 3-pointers late to build a 13-point lead. But Sumpter, Reynolds and Nardi followed with their own 3s and quickly sliced the lead to six, and capitalized on DePaul's sudden shooting slump.



After making nine straight shots, DePaul missed its next nine, ending when Mejia hit a 3. The two teams each hit seven 3-pointers in the half and the Blue Demons led 37-33 at the break.