BOSTON - Charlie Moore hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the final 1:16 and finished with 24 points and Romeo Weems scored 17 to lead DePaul past Boston College 72-67 on Saturday, extending the Blue Demons’ best start 33 years.
Jaylen Butz and Paul Reed each scored 11 points for DePaul (6-0). It’s the Blue Demons best start since 1986-87 when they opened 16-0.
Derryck Thornton had 16 points and Julian Rishwain 15 for the Eagles (4-2).
Moore’s 3 from the right wing gave the Blue Demons a 65-61 lead with 1:16 to play, but Nik Popovich answered from beyond the arc 15 seconds later.
After Weems missed a short jumper but grabbed the rebound, Moore nailed another 3, coming from the top of the key with just under a minute to play.
DePaul had used an 8-0 run early in the second half, turning a three-point lead into a 45-34 edge on Moore’s driving basket with 15:28 to play.
Trailing by 13, BC answered with a 9-0 spree over a 2-½ minute stretch, closing it to 54-50 on Jay Heath’s 3 from the left corner.
DePaul pushed its lead back to nine, but BC rallied again, cutting it to four on Popovich’s first basket - a layup off a drive from the right wing - of the game with 5:16 left. They had a chance to slice it to one, but Heath’s attempted 3 as the shot clock expired rimmed out.
DePaul took a 30-28 edge into the locker room at halftime after a highly contested opening 20 minutes with both teams playing tough defense. Neither held more than a two-possession lead in the first half, but both struggled with turnovers for stretches.
DePaul: The Blue Demons looked poised and the more talented when the game got ragged early in the second half, which should fit nicely when they begin their Big East schedule. … The 1986-87 squad went 28-3 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourney. That accomplishment was later vacated by the NCAA due to a violation.
Boston College: Facing an active front court with larger players gave the Eagles’ trouble inside. Popovich, the team’s second-leading scorer at 14.8 per game, was held to seven points. It’s something they’ll have to adjust to when they get into league play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
DePaul: Hosts Central Michigan on Tuesday night.
Boston College: Hosts Saint Louis on Wednesday afternoon.