The Chippewas finished 23-12.
"I'm proud of our team, been proud of our team all year," CMU coach Keno Davis said. "There weren't very many games where we didn't play with the intensity that we needed to win. The second half tonight, we didn't quite look like ourselves. I think we got disrupted and we weren't able to rally like we have all year."
HOW IT HAPPENED
DePaul broke a 48-48 tie early in the second half and then slowly pulled away. The Chippewas hung in and trailed 81-76 with just over 7 minutes to play. DePaul then went on a 17-3 game-clinching run spanning 5 minutes.
Larry Austin Jr. and David DiLeo scored 20 points each to lead the Chippewas, while Shawn Roundtree Jr. added 16.
Austin finished with nine assists, giving him 209 on the season, a program record. He also led the Chippewas with seven rebounds.
Max Strus scored 33 points to lead DePaul.
It was the final game in a CMU uniform for Austin and Roundtree, a pair of transfer guards -- Roundtree was in his second year at CMU, Austin in his first -- who joined forces this season to form a strong backcourt that led CMU to 23 victories, tying for the most in Davis' seven seasons in charge of the program.
The 23 wins are the most for the program since the 2002-03 squad won 25 games.
"I don't think you can ask for anything more out of two individuals," Davis said of Roundtree and Austin, both of whom are Illinois natives who played their final collegiate game in their home state. "Just great young men. Nothing but team-first guys, nothing but great representatives of the school.
"They helped us not only have a successful, maybe overachieving, some would say, season, but I think they left the program in a better place than when they arrived. We're definitely in a better place because of those young men.
"I'm really proud of the individuals on this team. As much fun as it was for our fans to watch, they've been even more enjoyable each and every day in practice. Going to miss Larry, going to miss Shawn, and (fellow senior) Austin Ervin. Those guys were great seniors, great representatives of the school and we're going to have to try to find guys just like them in our recruiting classes."