Tigers End Season in NCAC Tournament Quarterfinal

Tigers End Season in NCAC Tournament Quarterfinal

Wooster, Ohio -- Wooster made clutch baskets when it mattered and defeated DePauw 70-63 in the NCAC Tournament Quarterfinal on Tuesday.

DePauw led 53-52 with 6:10 remaining in the game. A couple of tough shots later including a contested 3-pointer from Danyon Hempy and a jumper in the paint from Spencer Williams gave Wooster a 61-55 lead with three minutes to go. From there, DePauw could not get any closer than five.

Williams tied DePauw's Josh Hall with a game-high 16. Senior David Vogel added 15 points and senior Jack VandeMerkt put up a 13-point, 10-rebound double double.

Wooster got 14 points off the bench from Blake Blair and 11 from starter Hempy.

DePauw, the seventh seed in the bracket, shot 45 percent (24-of-53) from the floor, 44 percent (8-of-18) from 3-point range and 88 percent (7-of-8) from the foul line. Wooster, the second seed, shot 44 percent as well (28-of-63) from the floor, 35 percent (6-of-17) from beyond the arc and 53 percent (8-of-15) from the line.

Wooster outrebounded DePauw 39-28, outscored the Tigers 40-26 in the paint and outscored them off the bench 21-13.

The reigning NCAC Tournament title holders, Wooster took the two prior meetings during the regular season, 83-63 on Dec. 9, 2017, and 65-57 on Jan. 27.

In December, DePauw trailed by one at the half before Wooster took control in the second half, while in January, DePauw was within range of the Fighting Scots throughout the game. Spencer Williams averaged 21 points between the two games.

Wooster has won seven of the last 11 NCAC Tournaments. DePauw returned to the tournament for the second year in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years.

The Tigers finish their season at 11-15 overall.