Big Lead Disappears as Tigers Close Regular Season with Loss

Big Lead Disappears as Tigers Close Regular Season with Loss

Greencastle, Ind. – A 21-point lead slipped away from DePauw on Saturday as the men fell to Oberlin 76-71 in their regular season and home finale.

However, regardless of the outcome the Tigers earned the seventh seed in the upcoming North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. They will play at Wooster in the first round at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On Saturday, DePauw led by as many as 21 and took a 40-24 lead into halftime. Oberlin cut that deficit to single digits in under five minutes and by 9:35 only trailed by four at 57-53.

The Yeomen then took their first lead since the opening minutes at 5:47 when Joshua Friedkin hit a 3-pointer to make it 64-63. The lead went back-and-forth a couple times before DePauw went ahead 71-68 with 2:21 to go.

The Tigers never scored again as Oberlin closed the game on an 8-0 run, going 6-of-6 from the foul line. Oberlin outscored DePauw 52-31 in the second half, while the Tigers committed 11 second half turnovers.

Freshman Nick Felke led all scorers with a career-high 20 points. Jack VandeMerkt tallied 14 points and five rebounds, and Josh Hall added 11 off the bench.

For Oberlin, four scored in double figures as they were led by a pair of 16-point performances from Eli Silverman-Lloyd and Andre Campbell.

DePauw shot well at 56 percent (25-of-45). They were 4-of-11 (37 percent) from long range and 17-of-21 from the free throw line.

Oberlin shot 48 percent (27-of-57) for the game, going 7-of-20 (35 percent) from 3-point range and 15-of-18 (83 percent) from the charity stripe.

Both teams pulled down 24 rebounds. DePauw outscored Oberlin in the paint 40-36 and off the bench 42-15. However, Oberlin took the advantage in points off turnovers 30-14 and second chance points 10-4.

The loss drops DePauw to 11-14 overall and 7-11 in the NCAC. Oberlin moves to 12-13 overall and 6-12 in conference play.