ROSEMONT, Ill. — Oliver Purnell didn't think he gave his team the tongue lashing his players said he did but no matter the tone the message was delivered.
Cleveland Melvin scored 23 points and had seven rebounds to lead DePaul to a 93-81 win over Oregon State on Sunday.
DePaul (4-3) bounced back after back-to-back blowout losses to Wichita State and Texas in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.
"Coach chewed us out. We went out to Kansas City and we didn't perform at the level we wanted to," said freshman Billy Garrett Jr.
"Who said that?" Asked Purnell. "They must be mistaken. We had a couple of not so pleasant days of practices probably for them. We clearly needed it. We said we're better than what we showed there."
Brandon Young added 21 points, five assists and five rebounds and Garrett had 15 points and 10 assists for the Blue Demons.
"We didn't like the outcome in Kansas City, but we worked very, very hard in practice, mainly defense that was one of our problems. You can see that we came out here and played team defense," said Young.
Devon Collier scored a career-high 32 points for Oregon State (3-2), who trailed by double digits for most of the second half.
Leading 45-42 early in the second half, DePaul went on an 11-4 run. Garrett scored on a runner and Tommy Hamilton IV made a 3-pointer to increase the DePaul lead to 57-45.
Melvin hit a 3-pointer and Durrell McDonald scored on a layup as the Blue Demons extended their lead to 19 with 7:18 left in the game.
Garrett connected with Cleveland Melvin for an alley-oop dunk to give DePaul a 35-23 lead, but Oregon State quickly cut the deficit. Collier had a three-point play followed by a putback and Nelson made a 3-pointer to get the Beavers within two. DePaul led 43-39 at the half behind Young's 11 first half points. Collier scored 22 points in the half for Oregon State on 8-of-10 shooting.
Roberto Nelson, who came into the game averaging 27 points, didn't score until 9:07 left in the first half and finished with 19. He was closely guarded by Young for most of the game.
"We had a great scouting report. Brandon did a great job of not getting beat on the backdoor and not going for the pump fakes. He was ready. His desire was there," said Garrett.
DePaul got a scare when it appeared Young injured his ankle midway through the second half. He had to be helped off the court, but returned to the game with 6 minutes left. He then came down hard on his knee after a layup with 3:08 left.
"I'm fine. I'm just a little tweaked," said Young.
It was a homecoming for Oregon State head coach and Chicago-native Craig Robinson, who is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. He grew up on the South Side and was also an assistant at Northwestern.
"I thought we would put on a better show than we did. I didn't think we came out with enough energy at all and that is always the coach's fault," said Robinson.
Sandi Marcius scored a career-high 15 points for DePaul and Hamilton finished with 14.