Butler dominates second half, drops DePaul 87-69

 
 
Posted1/17/2019 7:00 AM
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  • DePaul forward Paul Reed, left, drives to the basket against Butler forwards Jordan Tucker (1) and Christian David during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69.

    DePaul forward Paul Reed, left, drives to the basket against Butler forwards Jordan Tucker (1) and Christian David during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69. Associated Press

  • DePaul guard Max Strus, right, shoots over Butler forward Sean McDermott during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69.

    DePaul guard Max Strus, right, shoots over Butler forward Sean McDermott during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69. Associated Press

  • DePaul guard Devin Gage, right, drives as Butler guard Aaron Thompson defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69.

    DePaul guard Devin Gage, right, drives as Butler guard Aaron Thompson defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69. Associated Press

  • Butler forward Jordan Tucker, right, vies for a rebound against DePaul forward Paul Reed during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69.

    Butler forward Jordan Tucker, right, vies for a rebound against DePaul forward Paul Reed during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69. Associated Press

  • Butler forward Sean McDermott (22) and center Joey Brunk, top, guard DePaul forward Femi Olujobi during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69.

    Butler forward Sean McDermott (22) and center Joey Brunk, top, guard DePaul forward Femi Olujobi during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69. Associated Press

  • Butler coach LaVall Jordan shouts to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69.

    Butler coach LaVall Jordan shouts to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69. Associated Press

  • DePaul coach Dave Leitao, right, talks to guard Eli Cain during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Butler, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69.

    DePaul coach Dave Leitao, right, talks to guard Eli Cain during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Butler, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Butler won 87-69. Associated Press

  • Butler forward Jordan Tucker (1) celebrates with guard Aaron Thompson, right, as DePaul guard Eli Cain walks past after Butler defeated DePaul 87-69 in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    Butler forward Jordan Tucker (1) celebrates with guard Aaron Thompson, right, as DePaul guard Eli Cain walks past after Butler defeated DePaul 87-69 in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • DePaul guard Devin Gage, left, passes against Butler guard/forward Henry Baddley during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    DePaul guard Devin Gage, left, passes against Butler guard/forward Henry Baddley during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Butler center Joey Brunk, front, and DePaul forward Femi Olujobi battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    Butler center Joey Brunk, front, and DePaul forward Femi Olujobi battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • DePaul forward Paul Reed, right, and Butler forward Sean McDermott (22) battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    DePaul forward Paul Reed, right, and Butler forward Sean McDermott (22) battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Butler guard Paul Jorgensen, left, drives to the basket past DePaul guard Max Strus during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    Butler guard Paul Jorgensen, left, drives to the basket past DePaul guard Max Strus during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Butler center Joey Brunk, right, shoots against DePaul forward Femi Olujobi during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    Butler center Joey Brunk, right, shoots against DePaul forward Femi Olujobi during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Butler guard Aaron Thompson, right, shoots against DePaul forward Femi Olujobi during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    Butler guard Aaron Thompson, right, shoots against DePaul forward Femi Olujobi during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Butler guard Kamar Baldwin, right, drives to the basket against DePaul guard Devin Gage during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    Butler guard Kamar Baldwin, right, drives to the basket against DePaul guard Devin Gage during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Butler forward Sean McDermott, left, drives to the basket against DePaul forward Paul Reed during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago.

    Butler forward Sean McDermott, left, drives to the basket against DePaul forward Paul Reed during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chicago. Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Jordan Tucker and Kamar Baldwin combined for 29 of their 36 points in a dominating second half Wednesday night to lead Butler to an 87-69 win over DePaul.

The Bulldogs (11-7, 2-3 Big East) trailed 40-36 at halftime but went 7 of 11 on 3-pointers and shot 71 percent (20 of 28) after intermission, outscoring the Blue Demons (10-6, 3-2) 51-29.

DePaul was ahead 47-46 almost four minutes into the second half when Aaron Thompson hit two 3-pointers and Tucker followed with two more. Henry Baddley completed a 3-point play with 12:07 to go to cap a 17-0 run.

Femi Olujobi, who had 13 of his 23 points in the second half, got DePaul with nine twice, the last time with 5:27 to go, but Tucker's 3 started a game-breaking 12-2 run to close it out.

Tucker scored 19 points. Baldwin and Sean McDermott had 17 each for Butler and Thompson 12.

Paul Reed added 20 for DePaul, 14 in the second half when he and Olujobi both went 5 of 7 and the other Blue Demons went 0 for 18. DePaul shot 32 percent in the second half.

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