DePaul Surges Past Wright State

With a late second half surge, the DePaul Blue Demons turned back the Wright State Raiders to win 81-72 at Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon.

DePaul (2-1) found themselves down nine points with 18 minutes left in the game, but fought back with a late rally.

"I thought we played the last six minutes of the game flawlessly as far as we're concerned," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "We did the three things that we need to do to win those games and that's shoot our free throws well, and make sure we get a solid shot where we want the basketball every time and don't turn it over, and to make defensive stops."

The Blue Demons took much better care of the basketball in the second half after turning the ball over 15 times in the first half.

"At the end, we just wanted it more than them," said senior guard Brandon Young. "We've got to compete like we do in practice and carry that over to the game."

DePaul persevered and dominated on the glass in the second half as well. The Blue Demons held a 34-19 margin on the boards.

"Our guys kept plugging, scratching, and feeling confident that they'd find themselves back in the game and have a chance to take the lead and win," Purnell said.

Cleveland Melvin grabbed nine of his 13 rebounds in the second half to go along with 23 points in a double-double performance to lead all scorers.

The Blue Demons had four players finish in double-figures. Young ended the afternoon with 14 points and four assists. Freshmen Tommy Hamilton and Billy Garrett, Jr. scored 13 and 12 points respectively.

Wright State (1-2) also had four players in double-figures. J.T. Yoho led the way for the Raiders with 13 points. AJ Pacher scored 11 points before fouling out. Steven Davis chipped in with 11 and Jerran Young added 10. Cole Darling returned from injury today to contribute nine points.

The Blue Demons now head out for their first road game of the year at Milwaukee on Tuesday night.


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

- Today is Brandon Young's 22nd birthday.

- Cleveland Melvin became the ninth player in program history to accumulate 1,500 career points.

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