DePaul Gets Much Needed Woodshed Win

The Blue Demons took Austin Peay out behind the woodshed in a 98-67 non-conference win at Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Following a 71-59 loss to Gardner-Webb on Thursday night, DePaul (2-1) took out their frustrations on Austin Peay (1-2).

DePaul junior guard Brandon Young was the first one on the floor for the Saturday morning shootaround at Allstate Arena. He was determined not to have a repeat performance from Thursday.

"On Thursday we didn't come out aggressive like we usually do," said Young. "We weren't playing DePaul basketball. Today Coach (Oliver) Purnell told us he wanted us to set a tone and play hard for 40 minutes and let them know what DePaul basketball is."

DePaul did set that tone early jumping out to a 8-0 lead to start the game. The Blue Demons never trailed in the contest.

The Blue Demons answered the wake-up call today.

"Give our guys a lot of credit for the way they bounced back today and the way that they played," said Purnell.

DePaul forced 27 Austin Peay turnovers and scored 42 of their 98 points off of APSU miscues.

Cleveland Melvin led all scorers with 26 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Young contributed for the Demons with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Junior Moses Morgan came off the bench today to pour in 15 points including 12 points from beyond the arc.

"I thought he played well," Purnell said of Morgan's performance. "He played within himself and did a better job defensively."

DePaul did lose sophomore Jamee Crockett in the second half to a knee injury. At this time, Purnell doesn't know how serious it is.

"We don't know much about Jamee right now," said Purnell. "He wasn't in as much pain as the game ended."

The Blue Demons will now board a plane for Cancun, Mexico where they will face Wichita State on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Cancun Challenge tournament.

Box Score

Notes:

• DePaul improves to 2-1 overall on the season. Austin Peay is now 1-3 overall.

• Today's game was the first meeting between the two schools. DePaul now has a 1-0 series lead.

• Head coach Oliver Purnell improved to 2-0 in his career versus Austin Peay. The last time Purnell faced the Governors he was head coach at the University of Dayton, winning a 76-61 game on Dec. 18, 2001.

• Purnell, in his 25th season as a head coach, is now 415-323 all-time. In his third season at DePaul, Purnell improves to 21-44.

• DePaul improved to 14-1 all-time against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference.

• In their 33rd season in Rosemont, the Blue Demons are now 312-142 all-time (.687).

DePaul Team Notes

• Key Runs: DePaul opened the game with eight straight points, holding Austin Peay scoreless until two minutes, 43 seconds into the game when Travis Betran hit a three-pointer.

Austin Peay was within three, 14-11, when the Blue Demons surged ahead 32-13 fueled by an 18-2 run spanning 3:51. DePaul would eventually open up a 30-point lead, 58-28, with 1:23 to go in the half.

• Key Stats: The Blue Demons out-rebounded Austin Peay 42-36, improving to 2-0 when out-rebounding their opponent this season. The Blue Demons also had a 42-19 advantage in points off turnovers, while the bench out-scored the Governor bench 44-20.

• DePaul extended its streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 582... Moses Morgan hit the Blue Demons first triple from the top of the key with 13:12 remaining in the first half... the last time the Blue Demons failed to hit from beyond the arc was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena.

• After scoring just 24 points in the first half against Gardner-Webb on Thursday, the Blue Demons exploded out of the gates, equaling that number at the 10:44 mark of the first half today. DePaul finished the half with 58 points, their most first half points since scoring 59 on November 14, 2010 versus Chicago State at Allstate Arena.

• After a season-opening 32-point win versus UC Riverside, the 98-67 win over Austin Peay was the Blue Demons' third 30-plus point margin of victory in the Oliver Purnell era. DePaul's biggest win under Purnell came on Nov. 14, 2010 in a 114-81 win over Chicago State.

DePaul Individual Notes

• Forward Cleveland Melvin finished in double figures for the 51st time in 61 career games. He has scored in double figures in 17 straight games going back to the 2011-12 season. Melvin reached double figures early, notching 13 points in the first half alone. His 26 points were a season-high.

• Young also finished in double figures for the 47th time in his Blue Demon career. He has a current streak of seven games in a row with 10 or more points. Young also reached double figures early, finishing the first half with 16.

• Guard Brandon Young moved into 21st place all-time in career assists. He needed just one entering the game to break a tie at 269 assists with Jermaine Watts (1994-98). Young now has 274 career assists and needs five more assists to catch Joe Daughrity (1992-94) in 20th place.

•Jamee Crockett (3) and Durrell McDonald (2) both tied career-highs for steals in the first half alone. Crockett finished the game with a career-high four steals, McDonald finished with two.

• Moses Morgan finished with a season-high 15 points. His four three-pointers were one short of his career high.

• Peter Ryckbosch scored his first career basket with 1:49 to play in the game.


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