Cleveland Melvin scored 12 of his 19 points in the second
half and Billy Garrett Jr. added 14 points for DePaul (5-4).
Brandon Young returned from a one-game absence due to an ankle
injury to score 12 points.
Pablo Bertone scored 30 points to pace Florida Atlantic (3-7).
Jackson Trapp added 17 points and Justin Raffington grabbed 12
rebounds for the Owls.
Florida Atlantic was within 62-58 after Trapp connected on a
3-pointer with 7 1/2 minutes remaining. Melvin scored DePaulís
next seven points as the Blue Demons took a nine-point advantage
and expanded the lead down the stretch.
Bertone had 17 first-half points as Florida Atlantic led most of
the half. DePaul closed with a 12-4 surge and Melvinís basket at
the buzzer gave the Blue Demons a 38-37 lead at the break.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Blue Demons collected 18 offensive rebounds
while recording a 38-29 edge on the boards. Ö Bertone is
averaging 27.8 points over the last four games, including a
career-best 31 against Central Florida on Dec. 3. Ö Young had
six assists to move into fifth place in school history with 445
and he also passed Sammy Mejia (1,494 from 2003-07) for 10th on
DePaulís career scoring list by raising his output to 1,504.
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