CHICAGO (AP) — Cleveland Melvin scored 17 points and Brandon Young added 10 as DePaul defeated Texas-Pan American 91-72 in a season opener Friday night.
Brandon Provost finished with 16 and Jared Maree 14 for Texas-Pan American.
The Blue Demons, playing a rare home game on campus, led the entire way after jumping to a 10-0 lead. However, Melvin limped off the court after injuring his left foot with a minute left. Young also had seven assists and five rebounds.
Krys Faber led DePaul to a 46-33 halftime lead with 11 points and six rebounds, and freshman Jamee Crockett added nine points in the opening half.
Jesus Delgado made a free throw and a layup to get Pan American within 53-48 in the second half. But DePaul answered with a 3-pointer from Melvin and a layup by Young to go back ahead by 10 and cruised home.