DePaul Vs. Arizona State: Blue Demons Hold Off Sun Devils For 68-64 Win

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Brandon Young #20 of the DePaul Blue Demons is fouled by Roscoe Smith #22 of the Connecticut Huskies at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

DePaul left the Old Spice Classic on a high note.

The DePaul Blue Demons survived a late charge by Arizona State and defeated the Sun Devils, 68-64, in the fifth-place game at the Old Spice Classic on Sunday. Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 18 points on 7-17 shooting, while Brandon Young added 13 points.

DePaul built a four-point halftime lead and held a two or three possession lead for the majority of the second half before a surge by Arizona State put the game in doubt. The Blue Demons were up 62-52 with about four minutes left in the game, and then the Sun Devils went on an 8-0 to cut the margin to two points with two minutes to go.

ASU had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with just a few seconds left, but the Sun Devils' Jordan Bachynski missed the first and had his second attempt negated by a lane violation. Cleveland Melvin iced the game with a couple of free throws at the other end.

DePaul shot just 38.2% for the game but finished +12 in the turnover column.

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