DePaul beats Austin Peay 98-67Austin Peay forward Chris Freeman, left, and DePaul forward Montray Clemons battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Cleveland Melvin scored 26 points and Brandon Young added 17 as DePaul routed Austin Peay 98-67 on Saturday.
The Blue Demons' press forced 27 turnovers in their second game in the Cancun Challenge.
Melvin, the 2010-11 Big East rookie of the year, was 11 of 18 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Moses Morgan added 15 points for DePaul (2-1).
Anthony Campbell led Austin Peay (1-2) with 17 points.
The Blue Demons shot 51.3 percent from the field and 9 of 23 from 3-point range. DePaul never trailed and built a 58-30 halftime lead.
DePaul took an 8-0 lead. The Governors pulled to within 10-9, but the Blue Devils went on a 22-4 run and Melvin's 3-pointer later extended the lead to 39-16 with 6:47 left before halftime. Young hit a layup to give DePaul a 30-point lead with 1:23 remaining.