- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Alex Barlow knew he would have the opportunity to showcase his jump shot against DePaul.

Barlow scored a career-high 19 points to lead Butler to a 79-46 victory over DePaul on Thursday night.

Khyle Marshall added 18 points for Butler (13-16, 3-14 Big East) as the Bulldogs put an end to a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Barlow, who came in the game averaging 6.2 points, eclipsed his career high in the opening minutes of the second half with a 3-pointer and a jumper to give him 16 points.

“I think it just kind of happens. We knew based on how DePaul would guard some things that I’d have a chance to be a little more aggressive. . I’ve been ready to shoot it. If I’m open, I just shoot it with confidence and tonight I was able to get four of them go in. If I’m open, I’m going to keep shooting,” said Barlow.

Brandon Young led DePaul (11-20, 3-15) with 24 points. The Blue Demons will end the Big East regular season with at least a share of last place for the sixth straight season.

DePaul finished 1 of 18 from 3-point range.

“I do think we will make the right choice here. We have the choice to come back and show we’re a lot better than that and really get ready to compete and win in the first round of the Big East tournament or not, and I think these guys, like they have done all year long, will make the right decision,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell.

Despite a game featuring the conference’s bottom two teams, Butler dominated DePaul in every aspect. The Bulldogs opened the game with an 18-4 lead. Barlow scored eight points in the span and Marshall drove the lane for two uncontested dunks.

“We played about as well as we could play from start to finish. We executed on both sides of the ball, we defended (and) I thought our defense allowed our offense to get a couple of easy baskets early in the game. But we were efficient on the offensive end, we got the shots that we wanted and we got the ball in the paint,” said Butler coach Brandon Miller.

Butler outrebounded DePaul 46-29 for the game.

DePaul was held to a season-low scoring output in losing by its largest margin this season.

Despite another last-place finish, Purnell foresees improvement.

“We’ve got several more good players coming in next season. Clearly we have some clearly good young players. Those guys will be more experienced. With a little good fortune I think we will get a lot better,” said Purnell.

Butler ended the first half with Nolan Berry’s dunk with 3 seconds left, followed by Barlow stealing the inbounds pass and scoring on a 3-pointer as time expired to take a 38-18 lead.

Kellen Dunham made a 3 and Marshall’s basket gave Butler a 53-20 lead with 15:31 left.

Butler rebounded from a season-low shooting performance in a road loss to Villanova on Feb. 26.

DePaul was outrebounded 26-12 in the first half and shot just 28 percent.

Barlow scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the half for Butler and Marshall added nine.

DePaul had its lowest scoring output in the first half this season with 18 points, Young scoring 10 of those.

Before the game, Young was honored along with Sandi Marcius and Edwind McGhee. The three seniors played in their last home game.

DePaul has lost 12 of its last 13 games.

“We really didn’t bring enough energy,” said Billy Garrett Jr., who scored 12 points. “Honestly, Brandon was the only one that brought aggressiveness from the beginning.”

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