ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young scored 16 points apiece Wednesday night as DePaul beat Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 63-58 for its fifth straight win and best start in 12 seasons.
The Mustangs (8-4) had a chance to force overtime when they trailed 61-58, but reserve Dylan Royer missed a 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left. Melvin was fouled on the subsequent rebound and hit two free throws to secure the victory.
Jamee Crockett added 10 points for the Blue Demons (9-3).
David Hanson paced Cal Poly with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Will Taylor and Amaurys Fermin each scored 11.
DePaul last opened at 9-3 in 1999-2000. A victory would have given Cal Poly its best start in 18 seasons of Division I basketball.