DePaul Pounds Grambling State

The Blue Demons started their 2013-14 season off on the right foot with a 96-58 drubbing of Grambling State in Lincoln Park on Saturday afternoon.

DePaul (1-0) jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it as senior Cleveland Melvin (17 points) and freshman Tommy Hamilton IV (16 points and 11 rebounds in his debut) led the way.

All 14 players who appeared in the game for DePaul managed to get in the scoring column as the Demons routed Grambling State (0-1).

While Hamilton was critical of his own play, it was a good start for the 6-10 big man from IMG Academy.

"I was pleased with his ability to manage the game and still get things done," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said of Hamilton.

The difference for the Blue Demons this season is their interior play. The Blue Demons outrebounded the Tigers by a 53-37 margin.

DePaul now has the depth in the post to allow Melvin to play the small forward position and score from the perimeter. Cleveland was five for five from beyond the arc today and is getting used to playing the position.

"The big thing is offensively, if Cleve can get real comfortable out there," Purnell said of Melvin. "He's done that in practice, so it's nice to see that in a game."

"I definitely got comfortable at the position during the off season," Melvin said of his time at small forward. "I've been working on my game, my ballhandling, and my shooting. I'm definitely more comfortable out there."

Sophomore Durrell McDonald came in off the bench to score 10 points for DePaul.

Grambling State continued their losing ways. A'Torri Shine led the way for the Tigers with 21 points, while Remond Brown contributed with 11 points.

DePaul will face a tougher opponent on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena in Southern Mississippi.

Notes

- Junior college transfer Forrest Robinson sat out today's game with a high ankle sprain.

- Grambling State's leading returning scorer, sophomore Terry Rose, did not play because he is academically ineligible for the first three games of the season.


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