INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland Melvin scored the go-ahead basket with 45 seconds left in the second overtime, finished with 30 points, and led the DePaul Blue Demons to a 99-94 double-overtime victory over the Butler Bulldogs on Thursday.
Billy Garrett scored 22 points and Brandon Young scored 18 for the Blue Devils (9-8, 1-3 Big East), who snapped a three game skid.
Kellen Dunham scored 30 points and tied a career-best with six 3-pointers — all in the second half. Kameron Woods had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Khyle Marshall scored 15 points for the Bulldogs (10-5, 0-3), who are on a season-worst three-game skid.
The Blue Devils scored 11 straight to end the second half, capped off with a basket by Melvin with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Butler’s Jackson Aldridge scored at the buzzer of the first overtime period to tie it at 87.
Dunham, who was held to two points in the first half for the second straight game, scored a basket and two free throws, Woods scored and Marshall dunked to put the Bulldogs ahead, 73-62, with 3:46 left in regulation.
Melvin and Tommy Hamilton each hit 3-pointers and Garrett scored a three with under a minute to play to make it 73-71 before Melvin scored to force overtime.
Dunham broke away in the second half.
He hit a 3-pointer early to give the Bulldogs a 42-36 lead. Young scored to make it 42-38 and Fromm made a hook shot. The Blue Demons missed a 3-pointer and Dunham scored a three to give Butler a 47-38 lead with 16:19 remaining.
Then Young was fouled driving to the basket. He converted the and-one, grabbed a steal, made another trip to the line and scored two free throws to get the Blue Demons back within four, 47-43.
Dunham was fouled on a 3-pointer, but missed the free throw. Later, he grabbed a steal and Andrew Chrabascz scored on a lay-up to put the Bulldogs ahead, 52-43.
Dunham scored all of his 3-pointers in the second half including one with 13:03 remaining to give the Bulldogs a 55-43 lead.
The Bulldogs took a 61-49 lead on a Chrabascz basket before the Blue Demons scored eight straight.
Garrett scored a 3-pointer and a lay-up and Melvin was fouled on a lay-up and hit the free throw to make it 61-57 with 8:40 left.
Then Erik Fromm and Woods scored and Dunham hit bucket and two free throws. Sandi Marcius scored next to the basket and made two free throws and Butler held a 69-61 lead.
Aldridge’s shot that forced a second overtime came after he grabbed the rebound of a Dunham miss.
Hamilton hit a 3-pointer to put the Blue Devils up 82-77 with 53 seconds left in the first overtime period, but the Blue Demons celebrated too early.
Dunham and Woods scored before Dunham hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to put the Bulldogs within one, 86-85.
Melvin split from the line before Aldridge forced a second overtime.
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