ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Senior forward Sandi Marcius turned in a career performance with 19 points and 12 rebounds to power DePaul past Florida Atlantic 81-70 in a non-conference game Thursday at Allstate Arena.
A 30-point effort from guard Pablo Bertone, the reigning Conference USA Player of the Week, wasn't enough for the Owls, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Guard Jackson Trapp added 17 points for FAU (3-7).
Two games after scoring a then-career-best 15 points against Oregon State, Marcius, a transfer from Purdue, topped himself with his first double-double. Most of his points came in the first half as DePaul weathered a cold start from the floor that led to an eight-point deficit.
The Blue Demons had trouble putting the Owls away, though. A Trapp 3-pointer cut the margin to 62-58 with 7:20 remaining.
Melvin answered with five consecutive points, making it 67-58 when he drilled a 3-pointer with 5:36 to go. After a basket by FAU guard D'Andre Johnson, Melvin restored the Blue Demons' nine-point lead with a dunk off a Young assist with just over four minutes left.
Garrett pushed the lead to 74-64 with a 3-pointer about 90 seconds later.
After trailing for most of the first half, the Blue Demons went to the break leading 38-37. DePaul outscored Florida Atlantic 20-11 in the final seven minutes, with Melvin's tap-in of his own miss just ahead of the horn capping the spurt.
Marcius, who entered the game averaging 5.0 points, provided the Blue Demons a presence underneath that got them back into the game. The 6-foot-10 senior from Nedelisce, Croatia, finished the half with a team-high 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field.
Poor shooting plagued the Blue Demons in the opening 12 minutes, allowing the Owls to build the game's biggest lead at 26-18 after two free throws by center Justin Raffington with 8:01 left in the first half.
NOTES: DePaul's four losses this season were to teams with a combined 33-4 (.892) record. The Blue Demons' strength of schedule was ranked 14th by CBSSports.com through Tuesday's games. ... DePaul was seeking its 1,400th victory since its first recognized season of 1923-24. The Blue Demons were 1,399-905 entering the. ... Senior G Brandon Young moved passed Sammy Mejia for 10th on DePaul's career list. He needed three points entering the game and had six by halftime.