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Melvin Surpasses 1,400 Career Points as DePaul Drops Road Game
Cleveland Melvin became the 13th player in program history with 1,400 points on Sunday afternoon.


Cleveland Melvin became the 13th player in program history with 1,400 points on Sunday afternoon.

March 3, 2013

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TAMPA - Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young each scored 18 points but the visiting DePaul Blue Demons dropped an 83-73 decision at USF on Sunday afternoon. Charles McKinney added a career-high 13 points for the Blue Demons.

Trailing 37-33 at the start of the second half, DePaul (11-18, 2-13 BIG EAST) quickly tied the game on back-to-back buckets by McKinney and Donnavan Kirk. However, USF answered and stretched the lead out to 56-47 on two free throws by Zach LeDay with 12:25 remaining.

The Blue Demons scored the game's next nine points with a three-point play by McKinney tying the score at 56-56 with 9:32 left and two free throws by Jamee Crockett game DePaul its first lead at the 8:10 mark.

Melvin gave DePaul its second lead at 62-60 before USF (11-17, 2-14 BIG EAST) took the lead for good with a 15-2 run. A lay-up by Anthony Collins gave USF an 11-point lead with 2:16 left in the game.

With his 12th point of the afternoon, Melvin became the 13th player in program history with 1,400 career points. He added two rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal while Young dished out five assists with two rebounds. McKinney added a team-high seven rebounds along with four assists and two steals.

Toarlyn Fitzpatrick led USF with a game-high 19 points that included five three-pointers. Collins and Victor Rudd added 16 points apiece.

DePaul travels to Syracuse for a Wednesday night game before hosting Pittsburgh on Saturday in the regular-season finale at Allstate Arena.

Postgame Notes:

- DePaul leads the series, 15-12... the Bulls have won eight straight games.

- Cleveland Melvin became the 13th player in program history with 1,400 career points... he finished the game with 1,406 points and moved from 15th to 13th on DePaul's all-time scoring list.

- Brandon Young moved into a tie for 20th place on DePaul's all-time scoring list.