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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Worrel Clahar scored a career-high 19 points -- including six in the final 2:23 -- as DePaul snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 75-69 Big East victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Clahar and the Blue Demons (11-14, 2-10) secured the win after Scarlet Knights guard Myles Mack scored 16 straight points in less than five minutes on the way to a 66-64 lead with 2:39 to play.

Clahar forced a 66-66 tie with 2:23 left and added a three-point play with 1:37 showing for a 70-66 advantage.

Joining Clahar in double figures for DePaul were Brandon Young (16), Cleveland Melvin (15) and Donnavan Kirk (11).

Mack scored a game-high 28 points for Rutgers (13-11, 4-9), which has lost seven of the last eight. Wally Judge added 10 points.

Rutgers scoring leader Eli Carter left the game with 15:36 left in regulation after hitting the court and apparently injuring a right knee. After a few minutes on the bench he was helped off the court for treatment. Carter's condition was not immediately known after the game.

The Blue Demons' victory was their first since an 83-73 decision over Providence on Jan. 5. They had lost three overtime decisions in the last five games.

DePaul led 9-2 less than three minutes in and extended the advantage to 13-5 on five points from Melvin and 6-for-9 shooting. Rutgers, meanwhile, was just 2-for-7 (28.6 percent) in the same span.

But the Blue Demons hit their own cold patch, going 1 for 5 while the Scarlet Knights closed the gap on the way to a 22-22 tie.

Clahar collected five straight points in an 18-second span -- including back-to-back bank shots -- as DePaul opened a 27-22 lead with 4:57 left. The advantage didn't last in a see-saw final few minutes and Carter forced a 32-32 deadlock with a free throw just before halftime.

Clahar had a game-high 11 points by halftime while Rutgers Mack had 10 off the bench.

A 12-2 run early in the second half -- fueled by five points from Young and two Melvin dunks -- gave DePaul its biggest lead, 44-36, with 16:20 left.

Mack's 16 consecutive points propelled the Scarlet Knights to a 66-64 lead with 2:39 to play, the final time they were ahead.

NOTES: Saturday's game was the lone meeting between the teams. The Blue Demons beat the Scarlet Knights 69-64 last season. ... Melvin moved into 18th place on DePaul's all-time scoring list and now has 1,340 for his career. Young is 24th with 1,260 points. ... Young (16.7 points) and Melvin (16.6 points) came in seventh and eighth, respectively, among Big East scoring leaders. ... Carter (15.4 points) is Rutgers' leader and is 10th in the league. ... Rutgers resumes Big East play Monday at Villanova while DePaul travels to first-place Georgetown on Wednesday.
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