Nov. 19, 2013
Postgame: Box Score | Press Conference Audio
MILWAUKEE - Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young combined for 39 points to lead DePaul to an 80-71 win at Milwaukee on Tuesday. Melvin scored 20 and grabbed nine rebounds while Young added 19 with seven boards and six assists in the non-conference victory.
DePaul (3-1) opened up a halftime tie with five quick points from the senior duo. Young started the scoring with a layup off an assist from Billy Garret Jr. before Melvin knocked down one of his four three-pointers from the wing off an assist from Young.
Melvin's fourth and final three of the evening pushed the DePaul advantage to double-figures at 59-49 with just under nine minutes left on the clock. The Blue Demons took their largest lead of the game on a baseline dunk by Charles McKinney for a 14-point advantage with 7:26 left in the game.
Milwaukee (4-2) attempted to cut the deficit late in the game and pulled to within six points on four occasions over the final two minutes. DePaul held the lead with free throws from Jamee Crockett and Durrell McDonald and a spectacular follow-up dunk by McKinney off a missed jumper.
Crockett finished the night with 10 points off the bench for the Blue Demons while Garrett had nine and McDonald finished with eight points. Overall, the DePaul bench outscored Milwaukee's reserves by a 29-22 margin.
Melvin just missed his second straight double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds and he also blocked three shots. He continued his strong start to the season from long range by going 4-of-6 from three-point land. For the season, the senior is 12-of-18 (.667) from behind the arc.
Matt Tiby led Milwaukee with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Kyle Kelm scored 16 points off the bench.
Up next for the Blue Demons is a trip to Kansas City for two games in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. DePaul takes on No. 14/16 Wichita State at the Sprint Center on Monday, Nov. 25.
Notes: Cleveland Melvin has 12 three-pointers through four games this season... he totaled 15 during his junior season and 16 as a sophomore... under Oliver Purnell, DePaul is now 18-3 (3-0 this season) when scoring 80 or more points... Melvin finished the game in a tie for eighth on DePaul's all-time scoring list... he has 1,534 points and is tied with Terry Davis (1989-93)... Melvin also passed Davis for fifth on the field goals list and he surpassed the 600-rebound plateau... the Blue Demons are now 12-1 all-time against Milwaukee and 69-19 against the current lineup of Horizon League programs... the game was No. 2,300 in program history dating back to the start of the 1923-24 season.