DePaul Wins Fourth Straight

The Blue Demons won their fourth straight non-conference game and third game of the season at the friendly confines of McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday night as they took down Arkansas-Pine Bluff 81-62.

DePaul (8-3) surpassed last season's win total with a solid defensive effort. The Blue Demons forced UAPB (1-8) into 22 turnovers and scored 33 points off of turnovers.

DePaul also held the Golden Lions to one of 12 shooting (8.3%) from beyond the arc.

The Blue Demons closed out the first half on a 28-8 run over the final eight minutes and 56 seconds to take a 48-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.

With the 8-3 beginningt, the Blue Demons are off to their best start since the 2004-05 season.

"I thought we made progress tonight as a team," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "Particularly on the backboards, I thought for three quarters we did a good job of keeping them off the offensive glass, which is important."

DePaul sophomore point guard Brandon Young led the way for the Blue Demons with 19 points and also dished out five assists.

"If we focus and do the right things, we're a much better team," said Young. "You could see that we're getting better on the floor. Everybody on the team is making progress."

Four players finished in double-figure for the Blue Demons. Senior guard Jeremiah Kelly scored 15 points and handed out six assists.

Cleveland Melvin scored 13 points and freshman Jamee Crockett added 10 points while going two-for-two from three point range.

Center Donnavan Kirk is making his way back from a back injury with a solid six points and six rebounds in 21 minutes of play.

This game was so lopsided, even walk-ons Edwind McGhee and Joe Belcaster managed to get playing time.

Salavace Townsend led all scorers with 23 points for the Golden Lions. Forwards Daniel Broughton and Mitchell Anderson chipped in with 18 and 14 points respectively.

The Blue Demons return to Allstate Arena for their final non-conference game of the season against Cal Poly.

Box Score

Notes:

- Class of 2014 point guard recruit Johnnie Vassar was in the gym for tonight's game.


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