Home Sports DePaul ends a 22-game losing streak vs. Villanova with a 75-65 victory at Wintrust Arena

DePaul ends a 22-game losing streak vs. Villanova with a 75-65 victory at Wintrust Arena

by staff

Da’Sean Nelson scored a career-high 24 points and DePaul ended a 22-game losing streak to Villanova with a 75-65 victory Tuesday night at Wintrust Arena.

It was the Blue Demons’ first win over the Wildcats since an 84-76 home victory on Jan. 3, 2008.

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Nelson also contributed eight rebounds for the Blue Demons (8-9, 2-4 Big East). Javan Johnson added 18 points — hitting 4 of 6 beyond the 3-point arc — with seven rebounds and three steals. Eral Penn scored 11 points and Umoja Gibson 10, all in the second half.

The Wildcats (8-9, 2-4) were led by Eric Dixon with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Villanova also got 16 points from Cam Whitmore and 12 points and six assists from Caleb Daniels.

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Nelson scored 14 points in the first half but DePaul went into halftime trailing 31-30. Johnson and Nelson hit 3-pointers in a 9-0 run that gave the Blue Demons the lead for good with about 16 minutes remaining. Johnson scored 10 second-half points.

DePaul plays Saturday at home against Seton Hall, and Villanova will visit Butler on Friday.

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