Tigers Advance to NCAC Semfinals with Win over Little Giants

Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw jumped out to a 13-0 lead over visiting Wabash in the North Coast Athletic Conference quarterfinal matchup at Neal Fieldhouse and the Little Giants got no closer than four the rest of the way as the Tigers took a 73-59 victory.

With the victory, DePauw improved to 19-7 and advances to Friday's NCAC semfinals 
at the College of Wooster where it'll take on Wittenberg at 6 p.m. Wabash 
finished its season at 8-17.

Michael Wilkison set the tone by nailing a three-pointer just 29 seconds into the 
contest and Tommy Fernitz added a layup before Bob Dillon scored the next eight to 
make it 13-0 at the 16:39 mark.

Wabash's Kyle Oetting countered with a jumper, but Fernitz scored on a layup to 
give the Tigers what would be their biggest lead of the half, 15-2. In the opening five minutes, DePauw hit all six of its field goal tries.

The Little Giants trimmed the lead to four later in the half, but the Tigers gradually stretched it out to 12 and took a 38-28 advantage into the intermission. Wabash shot 50 percent to DePauw's 48 percent, but the Tigers nailed 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.

In much the way they started the game, the Tigers opened the second half with six straight points to push the margin to 16. Wabash closed to within 11 a couple of time with the last coming on Ross Sponsler's three at the 11:23 mark. That would be as close as the Little Giants would get as the hosts extended the lead to as many as 20.

Wilkison led all scorers with 20 and became the 25th player in DePauw men's history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Fernitz followed with 19 and Dillon added 14. Pat Haggin snagged a game-high eight rebounds.

Houston Hodges led Wabash with 18 points followed by Pete Nicksic with 12 and Oetting with 10. Sponsler and Andy Walsh each hauled down five boards.

DePauw held a commanding 40-27 margin on the glass and grabbed 12 offensive rebounds. The Tigers committed just seven turnovers and held a 17-4 edge in points off of turnovers.