Tyler Kolek dishes school-record 18 assists to help Marquette rebound

The only suspenseful part of Marquette's blowout victory over slumping DePaul was whether Tyler Kolek would remain on the floor long enough to break the Golden Eagles' 29-year-old single-game assists record.

Kolek got it with plenty of time to spare.

The reigning Big East player of the year had 18 assists, Kam Jones scored a career-high 34 points, and No. 7 Marquette bounced back from its most-lopsided loss with a 105-71 runaway triumph Wednesday night.

Tony Miller set the previous school record with 17 assists against Memphis on March 4, 1995. Kolek approached that mark a couple of times last season and knew he had a chance Wednesday after tallying 10 assists in the first 12 minutes and 13 by halftime.

"My teammates are saying it to me," Kolek said. "I see it, too. And then at that point, it's like, 'Let's go for it.'"

Marquette (20-6, 11-4 Big East) returned to form four nights after an 81-53 loss at No. 1 UConn that snapped the Golden Eagles' eight-game winning streak. DePaul (3-23, 0-15) has lost 15 straight by an average margin of 24.1 points.

Kolek got his record while committing only two turnovers. He attempted only two shots and finished with three points.

"You could tell by watching Tyler play tonight and all year long and his whole career since he got here, he is a special player for a lot of ways, but one of the reasons is he gets a kick out of giving his teammates shots," Marquette coach Shaka Smart said. "He really enjoys that part of the game."

Kolek tied the record by finding David Joplin for a dunk that gave Marquette an 89-48 lead with 9:54 remaining. Kolek got his 18th assist on an inbounds pass to Jones, who sank a 3-pointer that made it 95-52 with 8:31 left.

Jones' basket also enabled him to surpass his previous career scoring high of 31, which came in a 91-57 triumph at Georgetown on Feb. 3. Jones shot 12-of-15 overall and made 8 of 10 3-point attempts.

Kolek and Jones both left the game for good with just over eight minutes left.

Oso Ighodaro added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Marquette, which shot 59.5% from the floor as a team.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.