National Basketball Association
DePaul 86, Illinois-Chicago 65
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Officials: # Wally Rutecki, # Nathan Farrell, # Jeffrey Anderson
Attendance: 4620

Junior guard Charlie Moore scored 19 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as DePaul shrugged off a slow start to earn an 86-65 nonconference victory over visiting UIC on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Forward Paul Reed posted 16 points and 12 rebounds to finish with his eighth double-double of the year for DePaul (10-1), which bounced back from a home loss to Buffalo on Sunday. Senior guard Jalen Coleman-Lands added 11 points.

UIC (4-7) committed 25 turnovers as it two-game winning streak ended. Sophomore forward Braelen Bridges notched career-highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while senior guards Marcus Ottey and Godwin Boahen added 12 points apiece.

DePaul canned just 2 of its first 11 shots as UIC edged out an 11-8 lead. When freshman guard Brian Taylor hit a 3-pointer at the 11:47 mark, the Flames claimed a 14-13 lead.

The Blue Demons answered with layups from juniors Darious Hall and Jaylen Butz to give the hosts the lead for good. DePaul's 8-0 run late in the first half -- capped by Reed's steal that led to his three-point play -- pushed the Blue Demons' lead to 32-21 with 4:05 to go.

UIC then held DePaul without a point until freshman Nick Ongenda hit a turnaround jumper at the buzzer for a 34-25 lead. The Flames committed 12 first-half turnovers.

They twice pulled within six points during the second half -- the last time on a layup by junior forward Michael Diggins that made it 38-32 with 17:33 to play.

DePaul gradually pulled away with a series of highlight-reel plays. Reed, a 6-foot-9 junior, pushed the ball in transition and delivered a 45-foot bounce pass through traffic to Hall for a layup to make it 46-33 with 14:32 left. One minute later Ongenda, getting a rare chance to play extended minutes, unleashed a pump fake to get past his defender and finished with a reverse scoop off the glass.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Illinois-Chicago   DePaul
Braelen Bridges 14 Scoring Charlie Moore 26
Tarkus Ferguson 6 Assists Charlie Moore 5
Braelen Bridges 14 Rebounds Paul Reed 12
Tarkus Ferguson 6 Free Throws Made Charlie Moore 9
Godwin Boahen 1 Steals Romeo Weems 3
Michael Diggins 2 Blocks Paul Reed 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Illinois-Chicago 65 40.0 6-27 15-20 13 33 6 3 25
DePaul 86 52.4 3-10 17-25 12 29 2 11 13