After dropping two games at the CBE Hall of Fame Tournament in Kansas City, DePaul (4-3) got a much needed win over the Beavers of Oregon State (3-2).
"Coach chewed us out. We went out to Kansas City and we didn't perform to the level that we wanted to," said freshman guard Billy Garrett, Jr.
"It was a nice bounce back win for us," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell.
DePaul managed to limit Oregon State's leading scorer Roberto Nelson to 19 points. Nelson came into the game as one of the leading scorers in the nation averaging 27 points per game.
"We had a great scouting report," said Garrett. "Brandon did a great job on Nelson. He did a great job of not getting beat on the back doors, chasing him, and not going for the pump fakes. He was ready."
DePaul also held Devon Collier to 10 points in the second half after he dropped 22 points in the first stanza.
The Blue Demons featured five players in double-figures in the win. Senior forward Cleveland Melvin led the Demons with 23 points and seven rebounds. Young scored 21 points and had five assists. Garrett and Sandi Marcius both had career-highs of 15 apiece. Garrett also dished out 10 assists for his first career double-double. Freshman Tommy Hamilton contributed with 14 points.
For Marcius it was a career high performance for both this season at DePaul and his three years at Purdue. Sandi also pulled down six rebounds before fouling out late in the game.
"He was an animal today," Garrett said of Marcius' performance.
"Sandi was tough and physical and more relaxed out there," said Purnell. "I think he's getting better as time goes on."
Starting only his second game at DePaul, Garrett directed the Blue Demons offense like a veteran today.
"I thought the settling influence of Billy Garrett, Jr. (was a key,)" Purnell said. "They threw the kitchen sink at us in terms of multiple defenses and changing defenses. He kept us settled out there. He got some baskets and broke their trapping 1-3-1. He got our bigs involved as well."
The Blue Demons next face their second straight Pac-12 opponent when Arizona State comes to Allstate Arena on Friday night.
- Junior Charles McKinney missed today's game due to a violation of team rules.
- Former DePaul coach Joey Meyer was at Allstate Arena scouting for the L.A. Clippers.
- Former Blue Demon Peter Patton was in attendance for today's game.
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