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Bizoukas, Demons bounce back against UIC

By Pat Flynn
On December 8, 2009

DePaul's Michael Bizoukas brought his A-game to All State Arena Sunday evening, leading his Blue Demon team to a 77-56 victory over local rival, University of Illinois-Chicago. Bizoukas, a sophomore point-guard, scored only five points, but dished out eight assists, grabbed nine rebounds and locked down the Flames' main offensive threat, Robo Kreps, on the defensive end.

"Mike had an outstanding game and really took his defensive responsibilities seriously," DePaul Coach Jerry Wainwright said.

Kreps started with 11 points in the first nine minutes, as the two teams battled back and forth through the opening stages of the game. But once Bizoukas was appointed to never leave Kreps' side, he didn't score until there was 13:20 left in the game and finished with 18 points.

"When they put [Bizoukas] on me, he wouldn't let me get the ball," UIC guard Robo Kreps said.

"Wherever I went he was going no matter what. He didn't care what anyone else was doing."

DePaul's Devin Hill played well in the post for the Demons (6-3), finishing the game with 12 points and nine rebounds. DePaul guard Jeremiah Kelly added 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting.

"Devin [Hill] is playing out of position right now, but I think it's helping him," Wainwright said. "I think it's helping him play in the lane and I think it's allowing him to build his game from the inside out."

But it was one of Hill's five blocks that seemed to frustrate UIC center K.C. Robbins to the point that he threw an elbow into the face of DePaul's Mario Stula, and was ejected from the game with 5:50 left in the first half.

UIC (1-6) watched their 6-11 center leave the arena to jeers from the sparse crowd as the Blue Demons closed the first half with a 10-2 run.

Will Walker scored 18 points in the game, but his biggest shot came with just over 18 minutes left as he hit a three-pointer that put him over 1,000 points for his career, becoming just the 45th player in DePaul history to do so.

DePaul cruised to the 21-point victory with a big second half, despite still struggling from the free-throw line, shooting 54.2% from the line.

DePaul will host American on Wednesday, December 16 at All State Arena.

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