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Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 15 points against Texas on Tuesday night.


Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 15 points against Texas on Tuesday night.

Nov. 26, 2013

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three DePaul players scored in double-figures, but a six-minute scoring drought in the first half provided Texas enough of an advantage to knock off the Blue Demons, 77-59, in the consolation game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

DePaul (3-3) shot .348 in the first half and trailed by 16 points at the break. The opening frame went back-and-forth with neither team taking more than a four-point lead until a 17-0 by Texas allowed the Longhorns to take the lead for good.

The Blue Demons could get no closer than 15 points in the second half as Texas (5-1) led by as many as 20 points.

Melvin finished with 15 points while Young added 14 points with three assists and two steals. Billy Garrett Jr. scored 11 points with two rebounds, two assists in his first start of the season. Tommy Hamilton IV added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Five Texas players reached double-figures and the Longhorns also held a 40-20 rebounding advantage. Cameron Ridley totaled 19 points and nine boards for Texas.

DePaul returns to Allstate Arena on Sunday afternoon against Oregon State. Start time between the Blue Demons and Beavers is 3 p.m. in Rosemont.

Notes: Cleveland Melvin scored in double-figures for the 80th time in his career... Brandon Young played in his 100th career game... Billy Garrett Jr. made his first career start... the line-up was the second different line-up of the season... Young passed Howie Carl (1,461 pts., 1958-61) and Curtis Watkins (1,463 pts., 1975-79) on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... Young finished the game with 1,471 points and is in 10th place on the scoring chart... Melvin (633 FG) passed Tom Kleinschmidt (632 FG, 1991-95) for fourth on the all-time field goals list... Texas leads the series, 8-3, and DePaul is 31-39 all-time against the current line-up of Big 12 programs.