Franklin, Ind. – The DePauw men's basketball team got 34 points from senior Luke Lattner but failed to put up a W in their season opener in a 86-74 loss at Franklin.
Lattner picked up where he left off last year going 12-of-25 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Nate Jahn added 11 points and was the only other Tiger to reach double figures.
DePauw (0-1) saw a 24-23 lead dissolve after a 7-0 run and a final spurt in the first half that put them down 10 at 46-36.
The Tigers turned it around exiting halftime with a 10-2 run to bring them within two at 48-46. However, the Grizzles (1-0) got out once again and built their lead, going up double digits with eight minutes remaining and eventually securing the win.
Franklin got 29 points from guard Aaron Mann, 12 points from Robbie Prather and 11 from Brett McCoy.
Jack VandeMerkt scored four points and pulled down eight rebounds. Cris Burrough scored eight, James Clarke had six points, David Vogel had five and Ethan Jarrett scored four in his first game as a Tiger.
Franklin shot 50 percent to DePauw's 38 percent. The Tigers went 13-of-15 from the line (87 percent) and 11-of-28 (39 percent) from the arch.
Franklin out-rebounded DePauw 40-31, and scored 15 points off turnovers to DePauw's eight. The Franklin bench also outscored DePauw's 20-11 as they held their biggest lead of the game at 18 with 5:52 remaining.
DePauw took last year's meeting 84-79 behind 27 points from Lattner. The Tigers still lead 68-51 all-time in a series that has existed since 1908.
DePauw returns to action Saturday when they host Washington (Mo.) in their home opener.