Saturday , Dec , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mejia lifts DePaul to upset win over No. 5 Kansas

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Sammy Mejia scored 23 points, including a
string of eight straight in the second half that turned a three-point DePaul
deficit into a five-point lead, as the Blue Demons rallied for a 64-57 victory
over fifth-ranked Kansas at Allstate Arena.

Wilson Chandler chipped in 12 points for the Blue Demons (3-4), who were
coming off a 1-2 mark at the Maui Invitational and beat Kansas for the first
time in eight all-time meetings.

Mario Chalmers scored 15 points to lead Kansas (6-2), which had won five
straight since a stunning home loss to Oral Roberts on November 15.

The Jayhawks followed their overtime win over then-top-ranked Florida last
Saturday in Las Vegas with an 83-32 blowout of Dartmouth on Tuesday, but
couldn’t hold a late lead on this day.

A 10-2 run midway through the second half pulled DePaul within 47-45, but
Kansas responded with six straight points to open some breathing room. Two
free throws from Russell Robinson gave the Jayhawks a 53-45 edge with 4:39
remaining, but Kansas wouldn’t score again until the final minute.

Karron Clarke was fouled while attempting a three-pointer and drained all
three free throws to ignite DePaul’s comeback. After a twisting drive by
Chandler cut the Blue Demon deficit to three, Mejia took over.

The senior drilled a three-pointer with 3:01 left to tie the game, then
followed with another shot from beyond the arc less than a minute later to put
DePaul in front for good. It was the first lead for the Blue Demons since
11-10 in the first half.

After a Kansas miss, Mejia worked against a double team and connected on a 12-
foot turnaround jumper to give the Blue Demons a 58-53 edge with 1:20 to play.

Robinson missed the front end of a one-and-one for Kansas and Marcus Heard hit
one free throw at the other end to give DePaul a six-point edge.

Chalmers finally ended Kansas’ drought with a pair of free throws with 48.3
seconds remaining, but the Jayhawks couldn’t hit a shot from the field and the
Blue Demons made their free throws to seal the contest.

DePaul finished 19-of-26 from the line for the game, while Kansas was just 9-
of-14 from the charity stripe.

The slow-moving first half saw Kansas rattle off 16 of the last 22 points to
take a 26-17 advantage to the break.

Game Notes

Mejia was 8-of-16 from the field and hit 3-of-5 three-point tries…The Blue
Demons finished 7-of-15 from beyond the arc, while Kansas made only 6-of-18
three-point shots…Julian Wright scored 12 points for the Jayhawks and
Darrell Arthur finished with 10.