DePaul 68, Arizona St. 64
Cleveland Melvin had 18 points and Brandon Young added 13 to
help DePaul hold off a late charge by Arizona State and secure a
68-64 win on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Old Spice
Arizona State trailed by four points at halftime and throughout
the second half before getting it down to a basket in the waning
seconds. But Jordan Bachynski came up empty on a pair of free-throw
attempts that would have tied it at 66.
Two free throws by Melvin on the other end to provide the final
Arizona State was led by Keala King’s 22 points, followed by
Trent Lockett with 19. But the Sun Devils were hamstrung by 19
turnovers, a throwback to their tournament-opening loss to
Fairfield in which they turned it over 22 times.
DePaul kept about an eight-point cushion most of the second half
until a flurry of action under the three- minute mark opened the
A three-point play by Lockett cut DePaul’s lead to 62-60 with
1:59 to play and he trimmed it to a basket again a few possessions
later at 66-64.
Bachynski rebounded a missed Carrick Felix 3-pointer in the
corner with 4.3 seconds left. But he missed his first ensuing
free-throw attempt. A lane violation then negated his second and
Melvin was able to ice the game at the line.
Arizona State held a 44-30 rebounding edge, but struggled to
transform the extra opportunities into points as struggled to get
clean looks at the basket. The Sun Devils played great half-court
defense at times, though often surrendered baskets late in the shot
The Blue Demons won despite shooting just 38.2 percent for the
game (26 of 68) and 8 of 22 from the 3-point line.
DePaul led by as many as 12 in the first half, but up 29-19
following back-to-back 3’s by Moses Morgan the Blue Demons allowed
Arizona to outscore them 8-2 over the final three minutes.
The Blue Demons also shot just 36.4 percent from the field in
the half (12 of 33) and were outrebounded 27-13.
Arizona State didn’t get much out of the edge on the glass,
though, thanks to 11 turnovers.