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Blue Demons Face Hilltoppers in Cancun Finale

Nov. 21, 2012

Western Kentucky Gameday Article

TV: CBS Sports Network
Online Audio/Video: BlueTube
Live Stats: GameTracker

CANCUN, Mexico – DePaul concludes play in the 2012 Cancun Challenge in the consolation game of the Riviera Division against Western Kentucky. The Blue Demons and Hilltoppers meet for the 16th time but it’s the first meeting since the 1995-96 season. DePaul and Western Kentucky are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start in Cancun.

Wednesday’s game can be seen on the CBS Sports Network with Thad Anderson (play-by-play) and Rich Zvosec (analyst) handling the television duties. Live audio will also be available online on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) calling all the action. The audio feed will also be available DePaul’s mobile app. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com and in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed as well at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.

DePaul stands a 2-2 while Western Kentucky enters the game at 2-2. The Hilltoppers dropped a 63-55 decision on Tuesday night against Iowa at the Moon Palace Resort. Wichita State knocked off the Blue Demons by a score of 75-62. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at DePaul and his 25th as a head coach at the collegiate level.

Following the Western Kentucky game, DePaul returns to Chicago on Thanksgiving Day before hosting Fairfield on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Blue Demons and Stags are scheduled for an 8 p.m. tipoff at Allstate Arena on The U Too (WCIU-DT2) in Chicago.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,386-882 (.611) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 583 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 312-142 (.687) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 7-1 (.875) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... the Blue Demons currently hold a seven-game winning streak against Chicagoland programs that includes victories over Chicago State, UIC, Loyola and Northern Illinois... in each of Oliver Purnell’s two seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with wins in each meeting.

It Could Happen: Cleveland Melvin needs two points to become the 47th player in program history with 1,000 career points... he enters Wednesday’s game with 998 points in 62 career games... ahead of Melvin on DePaul’s scoring chart: Al Burks in 46th place (1,003 pts., 1969-73), Tony Jackson in 45th (1,015 pts., 1982-86) and Mac Koshwal in 44th (1,019 pts., 2007-10)... Brandon Young (279 assists) needs one assists to break tie with Joe Daughrity (1990-92) for 20th place on the all-time assists chart.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 75-62 loss against Western Kentucky on Nov. 20 at the Cancun Challenge.
- DePaul is now 97-32 all-time against programs from the Missouri Valley Conference... the Blue Demons are 4-3 against Wichita State... Tuesday was the first meeting since the 1988 NCAA Tournament.
- Brandon Young reached double-figures for the eighth straight game... he has led DePaul in scoring twice this season... Young also passed the 900-point plateau in the second half.
- Cleveland Melvin finished with 10 or more points for the 18th straight game... Melvin entered the game needing 13 points for 1,000 career... he stands at 998 career points in 62 games... Melvin passed Kevin Edwards (995 points, 1986-88) for 47th place on DePaul’s career scoring chart.
- With three three’s Moses Morgan moved into 18th all-time at DePaul... he passed Quemont Greer (2001-05) and Terry Davis (1989-93)... Morgan has 85 three’s in 58 career games.

Who’s Next: The Blue Demons host Fairfield on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Allstate Arena... Fairfield currently holds a 3-2 record... the Stags play at Providence on Nov. 23 before visting Rosemont... DePaul has won all three meetings between the two programs... the last meeting was a 73-45 win on Dec. 7, 2002 at Allstate Arena.