DePaul 59, Northwestern 49
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP)—Karron Clarke scored 15 points and Jabari Currie added 13 Saturday to lead DePaul to a 59-49 victory over Northwestern, giving Jerry Wainwright his first victory as coach of the Blue Demons.
Wainwright replaced Dave Leitao, who moved on to become the head coach of Virginia.
“This was a big win for us,” Wainwright said. “Hopefully this will give some of our younger kids some confidence.”
Clarke, a sophomore, and Currie, a freshman, displayed poise in helping DePaul (1-1) maintain a lead throughout the game after trailing 5-4. Clarke added 10 rebounds, while Currie had four assists.
Northwestern (3-2) managed to cut a 13-point second-half deficit to 52-49 on a 3-pointer by Craig Moore with 2:06 left.
But Clarke answered with a 3-pointer from the corner at the 1:33 mark, as DePaul went on to score the game’s final seven points.
Vedran Vukusic was the only Wildcat scoring in double figures with a game-high 22 points (9-16 field goals).
Marcus Heard had 11 points for DePaul.
DePaul built a 31-20 halftime lead, benefiting from nine offensive rebounds and an 11-2 edge in second chance points.
“DePaul came out and set the tone early,” Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said.
“They put us back on our heels. Out of whack a little bit.”
DePaul finished the game with a 35-22 rebound advantage.
The Blue Demons were 8-18 from the free throw line, while Northwestern attempted only three free throws, making two.