DePaul Rolls Past Texas-Pan Am in Opener

In a game where the Blue Demons scored 38 points off of 21 Texas Pan-American turnovers, sophomore forward Cleveland Melvin scored 17 points and corralled six rebounds to lead the Blue Demons to a 91-72 rout.

DePaul (1-0) had some balanced scoring at McGrath-Phillips Arena tonight where six players finished in double-figures.

Sophomore Moses Morgan contributed with 16 points and four assists. Senior center Krys Faber added 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Jeremiah Kelly scored 16 points and shot three of six from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Brandon Young chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Freshman Charles McKinney came in off the bench to score 10 points in his debut.

"We shot the ball really well tonight," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said of his team's shooting 51.4% from the field and 44.4% from three-point range. "If we could shoot the ball like that every night, I'd probably be real happy with our offense in terms of shooting the ball. We got some inside play. Cleve scored inside. Krys scored some inside. Then we had guys making jumpshots, Moses, (Jeremiah), Jamee Crockett came in and gave us a lift with some shots. Offensively I don't have a whole lot to complain about."

After picking up two fouls in the first 90 seconds in DePaul's exhibition game last week, Faber was able to avoid foul trouble and make a significant contribution in this contest.

"Krys really has played well this summer and in the preseason," said Purnell. "I was happy to see him get off to a good start and not get in foul trouble. Maybe that's a springboard for him to play the way he's been playing all summer and all fall. It's time, he's a senior."

"With my foul trouble, it's been a big issue in the past," said Faber. "I just go out there and remind myself to move my feet and don't play with my hands. As long as I keep those defensive fundamentals in mind, it's really not an issue."

Kelly gave credit to the underclassmen who contributed off the bench.

"I think our bench played really well," said Kelly. "Charles and Jamee came in and gave us a boost. That was key."

Texas Pan-American (0-1) was stifled by DePaul's swarming pressure defense.

The Broncs were led by guard Brandon Provost who scored 16 points including a perfect three for three on trifectas. Jared Maree contributed 14 points and Ruben Cabrera added 12 points.

The Blue Demons return to McGrath-Phillips Arena on Monday night to face Mississippi Valley State in the second game of the season.

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- With the NBA in a lockout right now, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau attended tonight's game.

- Jabari Parker, the number one ranked player in the class of 2013 according to, also attended tonight's game.

- Numerologists will be interested to know that on 11/11/11, senior guard Jeremiah Kelly scored 11 points while wearing number 11.

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