Southern Miss Upends DePaul

Southern Miss came into Allstate Arena on Wednesday night to upend the Blue Demons 75-68 in the first game of the year in Rosemont.

A 16-0 run over a five minute period in the first half proved costly for DePaul as they fell to 1-1 on the young season.

"I thought we relaxed a bit against a gritty, tough ballclub in Southern Miss," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell.

Southern Miss (2-0) outrebounded the Demons by a 36-29 margin in the contest.

"If I had to put my figure on one thing that really cost us the ballgame it was our inability to block out and get the critical rebound," Purnell said.

Turnovers were a problem for DePaul as well. Brandon Young turned the ball over six times, four of which came in the second half. USM scored 24 points off of DePaul miscues.

DePaul did manage to pull within three points on a three pointer by Cleveland Melvin with 5:19 to go in the second half, but couldn't muster the effort down the stretch.

"We could have been more patient and take better shots," said Young. "I could have taken care of the ball better and been more poised. We got impatient and that cost us."

Young led the way for DePaul with 23 points, while Melvin scored 16 points, but the Blue Demons didn't get much help offensively from anyone else.

Southern Miss had balanced scoring from four players who finished in double-figures. Aaron Brown led USM with 13 points. Daveo Boardingham and Michael Craig added 12 apiece. Minnesota transfer Chip Armelin scored 10 points, while going a perfect four for four from the floor, in his debut for the Golden Eagles.

DePaul now must prepare for a Saturday afternoon meeting with Wright State at Allstate Arena.


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

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