Cincinnati holds on to beat DePaul 75-70

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Cashmere Wright scored 20 points before leaving with an injury, leading Cincinnati to a 75-70 victory over DePaul Tuesday night.

Cincinnati (15-3, 3-2 Big East) won its second straight game after breaking a two-game losing streak at Rutgers. DePaul (10-7, 1-3) has lost four of its last five games.

Wright went down with an apparent right knee injury with 15:12 remaining. Playing defense, he had leaned toward a DePaul player when his leg gave out and he collapsed to the floor. Wright was helped off the court, and later returned to the Cincinnati bench but did not play again.

Wright had been the dominant player Tuesday, scoring his 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and handing out seven assists. The Bearcats led by 13 points when he exited.

Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 32 points, 10 in the last 2:03 when the Blue Demons cut a 12-point lead to three.

Wright, a senior guard, took control after DePaul tied the game at 36. He made a 3-pointer with 1:15 to play in the first half, then answered Melvin's basket with a pair of free throws with 37 seconds left in the half. Earlier, Wright's pair of jumpers had triggered a 13-0 run that erased DePaul's 15-4 lead.

The Blue Demons stayed with their Big East foes until Wright's big plays, which included a 3-pointer to start the second half.

DePaul opened a 15-4 lead before the Bearcats could get untracked, but two jumpers by Wright started a Cincinnati run that reached 13 points in 6:10, putting the visitors ahead 17-15 with 8:40 left in the first half. DePaul, which shot 54.8 percent in the first half but went 0-of-6 during Cincinnati's run, tied the game eight times the rest of the half, and briefly led thanks to a Brandon Young free throw, but never had command.

Instead, Cincinnati took over by scoring the first 10 points of the second half. Wright's 3-pointer started it, and was followed by a 3 by Sean Kilpatrick, then two more baskets by Wright on drives though DePaul defenders.

Wright was trying to guard Durrell McDonald when he stretched forward with his right leg, then went down. He was on the court for about three minutes before Cincinnati's trainers helped him to the locker room.

Kilpatrick added 18 points for Cincinnati, with JaQuon Parker scoring 12. Brandon Young scored 18 points for DePaul.

The Bearcats host No. 25 Marquette on Saturday, while DePaul hosts St. John's.

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