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DePaul vs. Xavier recap: Bluiett's big night leads Musketeers past Blue Demons

The Musketeers improve to 15-1 to continue their best start in school history.

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Tuesday night was not just a normal night at Cintas Center.

Xavier Musketeers head coach Chris Mack came into the game tied with his mentor, Skip Prosser, for second-most wins in school history.

Thanks to Trevon Bluiett, Myles Davis, and the rest of the Musketeers, Mack stands alone in second place with 149 career wins, after Xavier beat the DePaul Blue Demons 84-64. The only man ahead of Mack now is Pete Gillen. Gillen, who coached the Musketeers from 1985-1993 racked up 202 wins at the school.

In typical Xavier fashion, four players reached double figures. Bluiett had a career-high 24 points, Davis had 14, JP Macura had 13, while Kaiser Gates finished with a career-high 11. Xavier has had four or more players reach double figures in 11 of their 15 victories this season.

In less typical fashion was how Xavier got their points, as the Musketeers set a season high in three-point field goals with 12. Bluiett led the charge in that department, as well, as he tied his career-high with five. DePaul came into the game holding opponents to just 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Xavier's 12-26 showing put them at 46.2%

For DePaul, the same problems that have been occurring all season continued. Namely, turnovers. The Blue Demons came into this game sporting a 21.1 TO%, meaning they turn the ball over roughly 21 times per every 100 possessions, which is the worst in the Big East by far. Conversely, Xavier's defense has a 20.4 TO%, meaning they force roughly 20 turnovers per 100 possessions. In a way, knowing these two numbers, we should have expected DePaul to turn the ball over a ton in this game. They finished with 14 to Xavier's 10.

DePaul also had trouble getting anything going offensively. Myke Henry led the Demons with 14 points on 5-10 shooting, but Billy Garrett, Jr. and Tommy Hamilton IV both struggled, going a combined 3-14 for eight points.

The victory pushes Xavier to 15-1, 3-1, to continue their best start in school history. They'll make the trip to Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon to face the Marquette Golden Eagles.

For DePaul, the loss pushes them to 6-11, 0-5. 0-5 is their worst start to conference play since going 0-12 to open the 2010-11 season. They'll face Creighton at the Rosemont Horizon on Sunday.