Scores

Final

DePaul 49

(8-23, 1-17 Big East)

South Florida 58

(20-11, 9-9 Big East)

12:00 PM ET, March 9, 2010

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 T
DEP 15 3449
USF 30 2858

Top Performers

DePaul: W. Walker 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

South Florida: D. Jones 20 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

Jones scores 20 to lead South Florida in first-round victory

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Dominique Jones had 20 points and nine rebounds, and South Florida beat DePaul 58-49 in the Big East tournament opener Tuesday for its fourth straight victory.

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Mike Mercer added 14 points for the ninth-seeded Bulls (20-11), who hope a strong showing this week could propel them into an NCAA tournament field already sure to be flush with Big East regulars.

It was the first Big East tournament victory in two appearances for South Florida since joining the league in 2005-06.

Next up, the Bulls face No. 22 Georgetown in the early game Wednesday. South Florida stunned the then-No. 7 Hoyas 72-64 on the road Feb. 3, a loss that was sandwiched between big wins for Georgetown over Duke and Villanova.

Will Walker scored 20 points to lead DePaul (8-23), which lost its final 13 games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEP
USF
Points 49 58
FG Made-Attempted 20-67 (.299) 26-60 (.433)
3P Made-Attempted 6-25 (.240) 0-8 (.000)
FT Made-Attempted 3-8 (.375) 6-14 (.429)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 19

2009-10 Season

DATEGAMELINKS
Mar 2, 2010 USF 63, @DEP 59Recap
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