DePaul Grabs First Big East Win

The Blue Demons earned their first Big East win of the season and handed the Pitt Panthers their fourth straight defeat in a 84-81 victory for DePaul at Allstate Arena tonight.

DePaul (10-4, 1-1) trailed by four points with just sixteen seconds to play. That's when sophomore point guard Brandon Young put on the cape and took over. Young drove in for a layup with eight seconds remaining.

After Pitt's Isaiah Epps missed two free throws, Young tied the game up 81-81 with another layup. This time he drew a foul and went to the free throw line with a chance to sink the game winner.

Young obliged at the free throw line to put the Demons up 82-81 and then stole the ball with 0.8 seconds left and drew a foul giving him the opportunity to put in two more foul shots to secure the win.

"(Jeremiah Kelly) told me ‘big players make big plays, step up to line and knock your free throws down'," said Young.

Young led all scorers with 26 points to redeem himself after being held scoreless in Sunday's loss to Syracuse.

"First of all to bounce back from a subpar game," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said on Young's performance. "Second of all there were times where it would be easy to be frustrated against a physical team, he missed some shots that he would normally make, but he just kept attacking."

The Blue Demons won despite being outworked on the glass by a 50-32 margin by Pittsburgh. DePaul was able to score 22 points off of 15 Pitt turnovers.

DePaul had four players finish in double-figures. Cleveland Melvin scored 20 points to go along with 6 rebounds. Moses Morgan came in off the bench to contribute 13 points and Kelly added 11.

The Blue Demons shot 63.6% from three point range in the second half.

"They made some tough shots," said Pitt coach Jamie Dixon. "They made some guarded threes. I thought the made some very tough threes. A couple bounced in. They made some plays."

Pittsburgh (11-5, 0-3) had all five starters finish in double-figures. Talib Zanna led the way with 16 points. Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson contributed with 13 apiece. Lamar Patterson and John Johnson each added 10 points in the losing effort.

It was the first Big East win on DePaul's home floor of the Purnell era. The DePaul student body has been so starved for a victory, they rushed the floor tonight.

"That was the first time the fans stormed the court," said Young. "I loved it. I loved every moment of it. I hope we get some more like that."

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