DePaul 91, Texas-Pan American 72
Cleveland Melvin scored 17 points and Brandon Young added 10 as
DePaul defeated Texas-Pan American 91-72 in a season opener Friday
Brandon Provost finished with 16 and Jared Maree 14 for
Krys Faber finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for the
Blue Demons, and Moses Morgan scored 16 points.
DePaul, playing a rare home game on campus, led the entire way
after jumping to a 10-0 lead. However, Melvin limped off the court
after injuring his left foot with a minute left. Young also had
seven assists and five rebounds.
Morgan hit a 3-pointer and Young set up Faber for an easy dunk.
Young put the crowd on its feet with a no-look midcourt alley-oop
dunk to Melvin to give the Blue Demons a 36-17 edge. DePaul led
46-33 at the half.
Maree hit a 3-pointer to cut DePaul’s lead to 51-43 with 16:14
left. Jesus Delgado made a free throw and a breakaway layup to get
Pan American within 53-48. But DePaul answered with a 3-pointer
from Melvin and a layup by Young to go back up by 10 with 12:20
Melvin’s putback and Young’s layup after a Broncs turnover made
it 63-50. Morgan later hit a 3 to make it 75-55 with 6:59 left.
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau took in the game, and coveted
2013 recruit Jabari Parker sat in the front row behind the DePaul