DePaul vs Auburn

DePaul 80, Auburn 76

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Cleveland Melvin scored 21 points and made a steal and two free throws late to lift DePaul to an 80-76 victory over Auburn Friday night in the SEC/Big East Challenge.

Melvin swiped a pass from Rob Chubb as the Tigers tried to set up for at least a tying basket. He drove for a layup with 13 seconds left but was fouled by Noel Johnson and put the game away for the Blue Demons (4-3). Brandon Young scored 19 points and had five assists for DePaul, which has won two straight games.

Melvin made 9 of 13 free-throw attempts and had 10 rebounds to follow up a 30-point game against Fairfield. Worrel Clahar hit two second-half 3-pointers and had 11 points.

Frankie Sullivan scored a career-high 28 points for Auburn (2-5), which has lost four in a row. Chubb had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Sullivan, who had 20 first-half points, also dished out five assists. He made his first four 3-pointers before missing his last three against a trapping, pressing defense that frequently denied him the ball in the second half.

Johnson added 10 points.

DePaul shot 50 percent (12 of 24) in the second half to overcome a 19 of 33 performance from the free-throw line.

The Tigers went cold as the Blue Demons turned up the defensive heat, making just 12 of 31 shots (38.7 percent) after halftime.

Johnson hit two 3-pointers to tie the game at 72 with 3:33 left.

Then Melvin hit 1 of 2 free throws and Clahar drilled a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play. Auburn twice cut it to two points after that, the second time on a Sullivan drive with a minute left.

The Blue Demons pushed the ball across midcourt before calling timeout. Young drove along the baseline and fired a pass to the opposite side to Melvin, who missed a 3-pointer.

He made sure DePaul got the ball back before Auburn could attempt a shot, when Chubb got caught with the ball around the 3-point line.

Auburn had led 46-42 at halftime after Sullivan made two technical foul free throws with a minute left. Young had made a 3-pointer but then was called for a technical for taunting Auburn students.

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DePaul Blue Demons
C. Melvin, F346-109-13102221
D. Kirk, F252-32-33147
B. Young, G355-135-735219
C. McKinney, G253-80-25336
D. McDonald, G232-50-22135
W. Clahar224-71-233211
M. Morgan212-42-51317
D. Robertson Jr.152-40-03044
M. Clemons00-00-00000
Totals 26-5419-3432182180
 48.1%55.9% 
Auburn Tigers
N. Johnson, F324-110-040310
A. Payne, F224-60-03028
R. Chubb, C258-121-4131417
F. Sullivan, G389-176-645328
J. Price, G231-70-11322
A. Dixon-Tatum151-27-85009
B. Greene Jr.141-50-00042
J. Wallace140-30-02240
S. Johnson120-10-23310
J. Granger50-00-00110
Totals 28-6414-2143152476
 43.8%66.7% 
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Villanova13-326-32
Butler11-522-611
Creighton9-622-627
Xavier8-718-1022
Marquette8-717-1069
Seton Hall7-817-1048
Providence7-817-1154
St. Johns6-912-16123
Georgetown5-1014-1477
DePaul2-139-19223

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Florida13-223-58
Kentucky13-223-510
Arkansas10-521-733
S. Carolina10-520-829
Alabama9-616-1173
Ole Miss8-717-1167
Vanderbilt8-715-1347
Georgia7-816-1257
Tennessee7-815-1364
Auburn6-917-1179
Texas A&M6-914-1394
Miss. State5-1014-13137
Missouri2-137-20245
LSU1-149-18171
 
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