Rapid Reaction: DePaul 98, Austin Peay 67

November, 17, 2012
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Here’s a quick look at DePaul’s 98-67 win over Austin Peay in the Cancun Challenge at the Allstate Arena on Saturday.

How it happened: DePaul created a double-digit lead within the game’s first 10 minutes and never looked back. The Blue Demons put full-court pressure on Austin Peay from the start and forced the Governors into 18 first-half turnovers and eight more in the second half. DePaul scored 31 points off turnovers in the first half alone and led 50-38 at half. DePaul finished with 16 steals.

What it means: DePaul bounced back after an embarrassing home loss to Gardner-Webb earlier in the week. The Blue Demons still have a long way to go before being ready for the Big East season, but they did return to the winning column.

Player(s) of the game: DePaul’s sophomore trio of Cleveland Melvin, Brandon Young and Moses Morgan all played a hand in the Blue Demons’ blowout win, combining for 58 points. Melvin had a game-high 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Stat of the night: The Blue Demons attempted 78 shots and Austin Peay had 53.

What's next: DePaul plays its final two games of the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico. The Blue Demons will face Wichita State on Tuesday and either Iowa or Western Kentucky on Wednesday.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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