Melvin leads DePaul past Auburn, 80-76

Melvin leads DePaul past Auburn, 80-76
November 30, 2012, 11:38 pm
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DePaul's Donnavan Kirk shoots around Auburn'a Allen Payne in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)


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.