National Basketball Association
DePaul 90, Illinois-Chicago 70
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 14, 2018
Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Officials: # Brian Dorsey, # John Gaffney, # Mike Eades
Attendance: 4136

Max Strus scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as host DePaul rolled past Illinois-Chicago 90-70 on Friday night in Chicago.

Devin Gage (15 points), Paul Reed (13), Jalen Coleman-Lands (10) and Eli Cain (10) also finished in double figures for the Blue Demons (7-2), who have won all seven of their home games.

Tarkus Ferguson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Flames (4-7). Marcus Ottey had 17 points, Jordan Blount had 10 points and eight rebounds and Godwin Boahen also had 10 points.

Strus nearly had a double-double by halftime with 20 points and seven rebounds, keying a torrid shooting stretch that allowed the Blue Demons to seize and maintain control early.

DePaul raced to a 52-28 halftime lead by shooting 18-for-32 (56.3 percent), including 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) from 3-point range.

The Blue Demons shot 52.5 percent for the game while hitting 12 treys and forcing 20 turnovers. Strus tied a program record with eight 3-pointers.

Strus, whose previous career high was 33 points, swished 5 of his 8 attempts from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes, while Coleman-Lands was 2-for-4 from long range in the first half.

DePaul drilled four treys in the first four minutes to take an early 13-2 lead but proved equally successful in its midrange and inside game. An 11-0 run later in the half included just one 3-pointer as the Blue Demons boosted their lead to 34-15 with 5:21 left before the break.

Early struggles hampered the Flames, who committed 13 turnovers in the first half. UIC shot just 11-for-28 before halftime as its season-long road woes continued. Playing at Wintrust Arena for the first time, the Flames fell to 0-6 on the road.

UIC opened the second half on a 9-2 run to draw within 17 points before Strus again channeled his marksmanship, thwarting the surge with two treys in a 24-second span.

UIC is set to host Incarnate Word on Monday. The Blue Demons are off until Wednesday, when they also will host the Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Illinois-Chicago   DePaul
Tarkus Ferguson 20 Scoring Max Strus 34
Tarkus Ferguson 3 Assists Devin Gage 5
Jordan Blount 8 Rebounds Max Strus 13
Tarkus Ferguson 3 Free Throws Made Max Strus 6
Jordan Blount 2 Steals Devin Gage 6
Tarkus Ferguson 1 Blocks Jaylen Butz 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Illinois-Chicago 70 43.1 11-31 9-13 10 27 1 7 20
DePaul 90 52.5 12-26 14-24 15 40 3 10 15