ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Cleveland Melvin led a balanced attack with 23 points as DePaul broke out of a two-game losing streak with a 93-81 victory over Oregon State on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena. After leading 43-39 at halftime, the Blue Demons (4-3) quickly built a double-digit, second-half lead and never let the Beavers (3-2) get any closer than seven points the rest of the way. Joining Melvin in double figures was Brandon Young with 21, while Billy Garrett Jr. and Sandi Marcius had 15 apiece and Tommy Hamilton IV added 14. Devon Collier scored a game-high 32 points while Roberto Nelson added 19 as Oregon State (3-2) saw a three-game winning streak snapped. DePaul extended its four-point halftime advantage to 15 within the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Blue Demons trailed only at the game's outset and used an early 9-0 run to open an 11-4 lead by the 16:38 mark. The advantage hit nine at 22-13 about 3 1/2 minutes later after Hamilton hit two free throws. Young's three-point play with 7:29 left in the half gave DePaul its biggest lead to that point, 33-21, and Melvin's jam a minute later maintained a 12-point advantage at 35-23. But the Beavers rallied to a 39-39 tie after back-to-back baskets from Collier, who closed the half with 22 points. DePaul reclaimed the first-half lead at 42-39 on Garrett's 3-pointer and entered halftime with a four-point advantage. Notes: Sunday's game was the first meeting in 68 years between DePaul and Oregon State. The Blue Demons claimed a 59-40 victory at the old Chicago Stadium on Dec. 21, 1945, with a reigning National Invitation Tournament championship team headlined by legend George Mikan. ... The game also marked the 34th anniversary of DePaul's first home game outside the Chicago city limits -- a 74-56 victory over John Stockton and Gonzaga on Dec. 1, 1980, at the suburban Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena). ... DePaul resumes play Friday at home against Arizona State while Oregon State hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff next Saturday. ... The Beavers came in with two players averaging better than 20 points per game -- guard Roberto Nelson (27.0 points) and forward Devon Collier (20.7) -- and shooting 59.2 percent over their last three contests. ... Oregon State is 6-13 all-time against current Big East Conference members.
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