DePauw Holds On For Chance at Ninth Straight TBS Championship

DePauw Holds On For Chance at Ninth Straight TBS Championship

 Tampa, Fla. -- DePauw ended a five-game skid and picked up a win in the first round of the Tampa Bay Shootout with a 70-64 victory over Hampden-Sydney.

Freshman Josh Hall led all scorers with a career-high 18 points.  He also led the game and tied a career-high with eight rebounds.

Jack VandeMerkt totaled 13 of DePauw's 21 bench points and collected six rebounds. David Vogel added 13 points.

The teams were tied 34-34 at halftime, and DePauw started the final 20 minutes with a 13-4 run. They led by as many as 11 with 11:39 to go at 56-45.

Hampden-Sydney brought themselves within two with five minutes remaining, and a 3-pointer made it 65-64 at 2:07. However, DePauw would score the final five points to close out the game.

The two teams were pretty even throughout the contest. DePauw shot 45 percent (25-of-56) to Hampden-Sydney's 42 percent (26-of-62), and Hampden-Sydney (4-6) collected one more rebound (38-37) and one more bench point (22-21).

DePauw capitalized on 12 turnovers and won the point off turnovers edge at 15-7.

There were seven ties and six lead changes in the game.

DePauw (3-7) will look for their ninth straight Tampa Bay Shootout championship tomorrow when they play at 3 p.m. against either Heidelberg or UMass-Dartmouth.