San Francisco pulls away in second half to defeat DePaul in Arizona Tip-Off

San Francisco earned third place in the Cactus Division of the inaugural Arizona Tip-Off Tournament with a 70-54 victory Sunday evening.The Dons (3-2) used an early-second half run to pull away for good, and forward Jonathan Mogbo tied with guard Marcus Williams for a team-high 14 points each.Both teams had lost their previous games at the Glendale, Ariz., event.There were two lead changes in the first half, as the Dons held a 4-2 early lead before DePaul (1-4) grabbed the lead on a Da’Sean Nelson three-pointer. Including that bucket, Nelson and Chico Carter Jr. combined for eight points before San Francisco’s Mike Sharavjamts’ jumper tied it at 13 apiece.Jeremiah Oden’s trey and a Caleb Murphy layup gave the Blue Demons a five-point edge, then Nelson’s basket was the only interruption in an 8-2 Dons surge that made it 21-20.San Francisco was up, 33-30, at the midway point. The Dons connected on 15 of their 30 shots in the first half, including a 3-for-9 mark from deep. Meanwhile, DePaul went 6-for-10 (60%) on three-point tries.