Melvin Surpasses 1,400 Career Points as DePaul Drops Road Game
March 3, 2013
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.
- 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.