DePaul 108, Syracuse 69

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Karron Clarke scored a season-high 27
points and Sammy Mejia added 21 points to lead DePaul to a 108-69
victory over Syracuse on Thursday night.

Syracuse (19-10, 7-8 Big East), which desperately needed a win
to improve their NCAA Tournament chances, trailed by 14 at the

DePaul went on to outscore Syracuse 16-8 to open the second
half. Marcus Heard had a dunk to give the Blue Demons a 62-42 lead.
And minutes later, on an inbounds play, Wilson Chandler hit Clarke
on a fly pattern and Clarke finished with a dunk to give DePaul a
69-46 lead.

Jabari Currie extended the DePaul lead on another breakaway dunk
to give the Blue Demons a 77-49 lead with 11:23 left. Draelon Burns
hit back-to-back 3's and Heard had a basket to increase the lead to
95-54 with under six minutes left.

DePaul (12-14, 5-10 Big East) still needs a win against Notre
Dame on Saturday and some help to qualify for the Big East
Tournament. Only 12 of the top 16 teams in the conference qualify
for the tournament.

Thursday night was the first time DePaul scored 100 or more
points in a game since Nov. 11, 2001 in a victory against
Youngstown State.

Chandler scored 16 points, had seven rebounds and three blocked
shots for DePaul and Burns added 17 points. Heard finished with 15

DePaul shot 24-for-32 in the second half and Currie finished the
game with 11 assists.

DePaul hit an Allstate Arena record with 16 3's. It was the most
3's Syracuse allowed in school history. West Virginia made 15 3's
against Syracuse on Jan. 16, 1997.

Gerry McNamara had 21 points for Syracuse, which has lost eight
of its last 12 games.