First Road Test a Challenge for the Tigers

First Road Test a Challenge for the Tigers

Wheaton, Ill. -- DePauw checked its first road game off its schedule Friday but suffered an 80-59 defeat to Wheaton in their opening game of the Lee Pfund Classic hosted by Wheaton.

The Thunder turned an 8-8 game midway through the first half to a 28-12 lead as DePauw tried desperately to get back within reach for the remainder of play.

Wheaton (1-0) first went on an 8-0 run which sparked a timeout from the DePauw (1-1) bench. However, after the timeout Wheaton continued as an 8-1 run forced another DePauw timeout.

A Mason Hankins 3-pointer stopped the bleeding temporarily, ending a scoring drought that had DePauw without a field goal for 6:57. By halftime the Tigers trailed 43-15.

Wheaton's Ricky Samuelson led all scorers with 34 points and reached the mark before DePauw could do the same as a team. David Vogel and Jack VandeMerkt led the Tigers with 13 points each. Vogel's seven rebounds was also a team-high.

DePauw shot 40 percent (23-of-58) from the field, 25 percent (5-of-20) from beyond the arc and 8-of-19 (42 percent) from the free-throw line. Wheaton countered with a 50 percent (31-of-61) mark from the field, a 44 percent (11-of-25) mark from 3-point range and a 64 percent (7-of-11) mark from the charity stripe.

DePauw was outrebounded 39-36 but won the glass on the offensive side 15-12, which resulted in 16 second chance points.

DePauw will face Wisconsin-River Falls at 5:30 p.m. CST on Saturday. They fell to Baldwin Wallace 68-65 on Friday.