DePaul routs Austin Peay

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Brandon Young said it was incumbent on him to ensure DePaul avoided another lackluster performance on Saturday.
Young collected 17 points and a game-high five assists as DePaul blitzed visiting Austin Peay 98-67 in a Cancun Challenge game at Allstate Arena.
Cleveland Melvin scored a game-high 26 points while Moses Morgan added 15 for DePaul before an announced crowd of 7,398 fans.
It was a dramatic turnaround from the 71-59 Thursday home loss to Gardner-Webb.
"On Thursday we didn't come out aggressive like we usually do," Young said. "Today we came out with a lot of energy, communicating with each other. When one fails, we all fail so we've got to keep grinding ... and we'll keep getting wins like this."
The Blue Demons (2-1) employed an effective press, scored 42 points off 27 Governors turnovers and dominated inside with 58 points in the paint.
Anthony Campbell paced Austin Peay (1-2) with 17 points, Will Triggs had 12 and Travis Betran added 11.
Triggs said DePaul's pressure was decisive although the Governors managed to adjust.
"It was quite difficult against their press," Triggs said. "The first half we were kind of shocked by it. But as the game progressed, we got a little better and were able to get the ball up the court."
Intent on avoiding a repeat Thursday's performance, DePaul piled up 58 points alone in the opening half -- the second-most in any half in coach Oliver Purnell's three seasons. DePaul had 59 points in one half against Chicago State on Nov. 14, 2010.
Starting forward Jamee Crockett, who had averaged 8.6 points last season, left with an apparent right knee injury with 12:29 remaining. He crashed to the court after going for a jam. Crockett remained on the bench the rest of the way with his knee iced.
Crockett, whose condition was not immediately known, had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals while scoring five points.
DePaul's lead hit 30 points just before halftime and hovered above that through most of the second half as all 15 Blue Demons saw minutes.
The Blue Demons shot 40 of 78 (51.3 percent) and outrebounded the Governors 42-36.
Melvin had six early points as the Blue Demons used full-court pressure to force four turnovers on the way to a 10-3 lead. DePaul opened the game with eight unanswered points.
Austin Peay replied with a 9-2 run over a 2:16 span that briefly closed the deficit to 10-9 but never got closer as DePaul overpowered the visitors to open a 39-16 lead as surge.
Melvin and Young already hit double digits with 11 points apiece and 6:43 still to play in the first half.
DePaul converted 18 Austin Peay turnovers into 31 points and scored 38 points in the paint on the way to a 58-20 halftime lead.
Both teams resume Cancun Challenge play Tuesday in Mexico. DePaul plays Wichita State while Austin Peay meets Western Carolina. Each also plays next Wednesday against foes to be determined.
Notes: Saturday's meeting was the Governors' first against the Blue Demons although they did play in the DePaul-sponsored Old Style Classic in 1988. ... It was also Austin Peay's first game against a Big East program since facing Louisville in 2008-09. ... DePaul's 580-consecutive game with at least one 3-pointer was in jeopardy last Thursday against Gardner Webb, but the Blue Demons preserved the run when Young hit a 3-pointer with 4:52 to play. On Saturday, DePaul hit the first of nine 3-pointers less than 7 minutes into the game.

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