Milwaukee (5-7) led by as many as nine points with 11:53 to play in the first half. DePaul (4-6) then rallied and took a 25-23 lead on a Cleveland Melvin layup with 4:12 left in the first half. The Blue Demons never relinquished the lead after that.
The Blue Demons snapped a two game losing streak in their non-conference schedule.
DePaul's pesky full-court pressure defense effectively disrupted Milwaukee's offense throughout the game. The Blue Demons forced 20 Panther turnovers and scored 17 points off of turnovers.
"Any team you play that has a full court press like DePaul, there is going to be stretches and runs where that pressure really catches up to you and it caught up to us tonight," said Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter.
"Obviously we're pleased to get out of here with a win," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "I thought Milwaukee played hard and resilient and hung in there. I thought our guys did a good job of continuing to push the pressure all night long."
For only the second time all season, DePaul outrebounded their opponent. The Blue Demons held a 36-29 advantage on the glass.
"Defensively, we rebounded the ball," said Purnell. "We don't rebound tonight, we have a tough time winning. The defense was as good as you need. The pressure was there. We turned them over when we forced them into some quick shots and we rebounded it, which fueled our running game a little bit."
Sophomore forward Tony Freeland led the way for DePaul with 14 points off the bench. Melvin finished with 11 points and five rebounds in his first collegiate start.
"He had two great games last week," Purnell said. "He's a big part of our pressure. He gives us a lot more quickness in our lineup when we're pressing. He gives you another quick shot blocker. He's off his feet so quick."
Mike Stovall contributed with nine points. Krys Faber and Brandon Young chipped in with eight points apiece for DePaul.
DePaul shot remarkably well from the free throw line making 13 out of 15 on the night.
Anthony Hill and Ja'Rob McCallum scored 10 each in the losing effort for the Panthers.
- Former Blue Demon Bobby Simmons was in attendance for tonight's game.
- It was the 398th career win for Purnell. He is 398-282 in his 23 seasons as a head coach.
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