DePaul (6-14, 0-8) got 17 points from freshman Cleveland Melvin. The Blue Demons have not won a Big East game since a 51-50 victory over Marquette on Jan. 20, 2010. After DePaul center Krys Faber scored four consecutive points, South Florida responded with a 10-0 run -- including two slams by Poland and Augustus Gilchrist's 3-point play -- to go up 63-48 with 4 minutes left. Faber finished with 16 points.
DePaul got within 66-60 on a late run that included a long-range jumper by Moses Morgan and Melvin's basket during a 5-on-none break. Hugh Robertson hit a 3 and Anthony Crater added two free throws in the final minute that made it 71-60.
Saturday has five BIG EAST games on the schedule, beginning at noon Eastern with No. 23/19 Louisville visiting No. 5/5 Connecticut in the BIG EAST Network game of the week. No. 21/20 Georgetown also tangles with No. 8/7 Villanova at noon Eastern on ESPN. No. 9/10 Syracuse plays at Marquette at 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU. Two games finish off the day with 8 p.m. Eastern tips, including No. 2/2 Pittsburgh heading to Rutgers on ESPN2 and West Virginia visiting Cincinnati.