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DePaul defeats Illinois-Chicago 77-56

Dec 14, 2009 - 1:09 AM ROSEMONT, Ill.(AP) -- Will Walker scored 18 points and Devin Hill added 12 points and nine rebounds to lead DePaul to a 77-56 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Sunday night.

DePaul (6-3) bounced back from a 31-point loss to Mississippi State in the Big East/SEC Invitational on Thursday in Tampa.

Leading 29-27 with 4:17 left in the first half, DePaul pulled away by scoring 10 unanswered points to close out the first half. Hill capped the half with a three-point play. Hill led the Blue Demons with 10 points and seven rebounds in the half.

Jeremiah Kelly finished with 11 points for DePaul.

Robo Kreps led Illinois-Chicago (1-6) with 18 points. He was 4-of-8 in the first half for 11 points.

Illinois-Chicago, which trailed by double digits throughout the second half has lost six straight after beating Illinois-Springfield in its opener. Zavion Neely added 15 points for the Flames.

Flames center K.C. Robbins was ejected and assessed a flagrant foul late in the first half after he hit DePaul's Mario Stula with a right forearm that sent Stula to the floor. Stula got up under his own power and came back in the game later in the half.

Walker eclipsed the 1,000 career-point milestone with a 3 to put DePaul up 46-29 early in the second half. He became the 45th player in DePaul history with 1,000 or more points.