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Tyler Kolek’s school-record 18 assists helped Marquette men’s basketball defeat No. 7 DePaul 105-71 – Chicago Tribune


MILWAUKEE — Tyler Kolek had a school-record 18 assists, Kam Jones scored a career-high 34 points and the No. 7 Marquette men’s basketball team rebounded from its most lopsided loss of the season to beat DePaul 105-71 on Wednesday night.

Marquette (20-6, 11-4 Big East) played four nights following an 81-53 loss to No. 1 UConn that ended the Golden Eagles’ eight-game winning streak. DePaul (3-23, 0-15) has lost 15 consecutive games by an average margin of 24.1 points.

The only question left after Marquette’s early 24-2 run was whether Kolek would stay on the court long enough to break the school’s 29-year-old assist record of 17, set by Tony Miller on March 4, 1995, against Memphis.

Kolek, the Big East player of the year, surpassed that mark by committing just two turnovers. He attempted only two shots and finished the game with three points.

Kolek tied the record by finding David Joplin for the dunk that gave Marquette an 89-48 lead with 9:54 left. Kolek made his 18th assist to Jones on his infield pass, and Jones made the score 95-52 with 8:31 left in the game.

Jones’ basket also surpassed his previous career high of 31 points in a 91-57 win at Georgetown on Feb. 3. Jones made 12 of 15 shots overall and made 8 of 10 3-point attempts.

Kolek and Jones left the game completely with just over eight minutes remaining.

Oso Ighodaro played with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Marquette, which shot 59.5% as a team.

DePaul’s Jaden Henley and Elijah Fisher scored 19 points each. DePaul had 22 turnovers and just 6 assists.

DePaul lost its final 27 games of the Big East regular season, but the Blue Demons beat Seton Hall in the first round of last year’s conference tournament. DePaul’s last Big East regular season victory was a 73-72 victory over Xavier on January 18, 2023.

Marquette never trailed and took a 31-8 lead in less than nine minutes thanks to an early 24-2 run. Jones scored 10 points during the spurt and Chase Ross capped the run by converting a steal into one of three dunks in the first half.

Kolek had 10 assists in the first 12 minutes of the game and made his 10th assist on a lob to Ighodaro, increasing Marquette’s lead to 37-13. Completing the first half with 13 assists and only one turnover, the player helped the Golden Eagles take the lead 59-29.

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DePaul: Even at full strength, the Blue Demons would have fallen short in this game. DePaul was at an even greater disadvantage because it was without Jalen Terry and KT Raimey, who averaged over 15 points per game this season. A frustrating night culminated in Mac Etienne being ejected from the game after picking up a flagrant-2 foul with 7:45 left.

Marquette: The Golden Eagles broke the century mark for the first time since a 106-54 victory over Central Arkansas on Dec. 28, 2019, opening a three-game series. Marquette has won 24 of its last 25 Big East home games.


DePaul: Will host Georgetown on Saturday.

Marquette: Hosts Xavier on Sunday.


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