Greencastle, Ind. -- An early second half slump and poor free throw shooting did not help DePauw on Wednesday as they fell to NCAC rival Wabash 77-75.
The loss snaps a four-game win streak for the Tigers, who now sit at 7-9 overall and 3-6 in the NCAC. Wabash improves to 8-8 overall and 4-5 in conference play.
All five Wabash starters finished in double digits in scoring. Jack Davidson tied Hall with a game-high 18 points, and Harrison Hallstrom posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
DePauw looked as if they were going to pull away up 11 with four minutes remaining in the half. However, Wabash closed the gap to two to make it a 41-39 score at halftime.
The Tigers continued to struggle to start the second half as Wabash made a 12-1 run in the first six minutes. Doody gave DePauw their first basket of the second half at 13:24 to make it 51-44.
It was then DePauw's turn to cut the deficit as they got to within one, 56-55, with 9:23 remaining. They eventually tied it at 60-60, but could never retake the lead.
Hall made two 3-pointers toward the end of regulation to make it a 73-72 game with 40 seconds remaining, but the defense could not get a stop on the other end as Colten Garland made a layup with 23 seconds to go.
Hall took another 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining but it fell short. Nick Felke connected on one with four seconds on the clock but it fell too little, too late as the Tigers could not get another shot off in time.
Free throws hindered DePauw once again. After going a perfect 7-of-7 in the first half, DePauw shot 58 percent (10-of-17) in the second half. Wabash meanwhile shot 87 percent (20-of-23) for the game.
The two teams were fairly close in other categories. DePauw shot 48 percent (25-of-52) from the floor compared to the 44 percent (24-of-55) Wabash shot. However, Wabash was a tick above from 3-point range at 53 percent (9-of-17) to DePauw's 38 percent (8-of-21).
Wabash outrebounded the Tigers 33-28 and outscored them in second chance points 7-2. DePauw outscored the Little Giants 34-20 in the paint, 11-4 off turnovers, 6-0 on fast break and 33-16 off the bench.
DePauw still holds a 122-89-1 series lead, which dates back to 1903, and a 27-8 mark in Neal Fieldhouse contests.
DePauw returns home 1 p.m. Saturday with another NCAC matchup against Ohio Wesleyan.