CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Young scored 19 points as DePaul matched its best start since 2004-05 with an 81-62 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday night.

The Blue Demons (8-3) used a 22-5 run late in the first half to take a 48-28 advantage at the break and led by 27 points in the second half.

Jeremiah Kelly had 15 points, and Cleveland Melvin and Jamee Crockett added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Savalace Townsend scored 23 points for the Golden Lions (1-8). Daniel Broughton had 18 points and Mitchell Anderson 14. Broughton and Anderson had 11 rebounds each.

DePaul is 3-0 this year at the on-campus McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Kelly scored seven points during the 22-5 run, as the Blue Demons turned a 26-23 advantage into a double-digit lead.

Saturday’s game was the first meeting between the teams. DePaul is 7-0 all-time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff has lost six straight since a 58-56 victory on Nov. 21 against Florida International. The Golden Lions have played all of their games on the road or at neutral sites; they will not play in their own gym until a SWAC game against Southern on Jan. 14.

That’s nothing new for Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Last year, it played its first 12 games away from home, losing all of them.

In 2009-10, the Golden Lions started off 0-11, with every game on the road, but recovered to win the SWAC tournament and earn their first NCAA tournament berth.

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