Melvin Leads DePaul Past HBU

Cleveland Melvin lead the Blue Demons to their third straight win on Wednesday night as DePaul took Houston Baptist to the river in a 78-58 rout.

Cleveland Melvin's teammates found him repeatedly as he dominated inside against the Huskies frontcourt at Allstate Arena tonight.

"I saw a mismatch at my position and was definitely calling for the ball," said Melvin. "Billy (Garrett), Brandon (Young), Tommy (Hamilton), all of them , were definitely looking for me and got the ball in the right spot."

Melvin finished the night with his second straight double-double racking up 28 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, two assists, and two steals to lead all scorers. He was a big part of DePaul's (7-4) 38 points in the paint tonight.

"I thought it was one of Cleve's best games here," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "Whether we played him at the three or the four, he found post position inside against the zone. I thought he anchored our defense pretty good in there with either blocked shots or changing shots. He was pretty dominant for us, particularly in the second half."

The Blue Demons led by six points in the first half, but then took over in the second half against Houston Baptist (3-8).

"I thought it was one of our better second halves of the season," Purnell said. "I thought offensively we were spot on in terms of attacking the zone and what we wanted to do."

It was one of DePaul's best defensive performances of the year. The Blue Demons held the Huskies to 37.7% shooting from the floor

"I thought defensively we handled the ball screens much better," said Purnell. "We were able to switch the way we played them. We played them with much more energy."

Three Blue Demons finished in double figures. Tommy Hamilton scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds, and five assists. Senior guard Brandon Young added 11 points.

Leading by 20 points with under six minutes to go, Purnell was able to play his entire bench.

Even junior college transfer Forrest Robinson got into the act scoring his first career basket and ending the night with six points, four rebounds, and one steal.

Cody Joyce led the Huskies with 14 points, while Rob Lewis added 11 points coming off the bench.

The Blue Demons next head out on the road where they will play at Illinois State in Normal on Sunday afternoon.


- 100 years ago today legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer was born.

- DePaul junior Jamee Crockett sat out tonight's game with a sprained right knee.

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