#14 Little Giants Hold Off Tigers

#14 Little Giants Hold Off Tigers

Crawfordsville, Ind. - DePauw entered its game at rival Wabash as the North Coast Athletic Conference's top 3-point shooting team and 27th in the nation (40.1%), while the 14th-ranked Little Giants came in with the league's best defense against the long ball and eighth in the country (27.5%). The Tigers shot just 12 percent (3-25) from beyond the arc and Wabash held on for a 70-59 win over the Tigers. DePauw dropped to 10-6 overall and 4-5 in the NCAC, while the 14th-ranked Little Giants moved to 15-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play.

DePauw's Aaron Shank and Justin McMahon hit back-to-back buckets in a 22-second stretch to trim Wabash's lead to 58-55 with 3:05 remaining. Shank's potential tying 3-pointer was off the mark and Wabash's Tyler Watson countered with a pair of free throws. After an Andrew Kus miss, Kellen Schreiber put back his own miss to extend the Little Giants' lead to 62-55 with 1:03 left. Nick Felke made one of two free throws for the Tigers before Harrison Hallstrom knocked in a pair with 47 seconds remaining which started a string of eight straight successful charity tosses.

The first half included three ties and eight lead changes. Wabash gained its largest advantage of the half at 32-25 after Jack Davidson's bucket with 3:52 left, but the Tigers came back with eight straight to take a 33-32 lead. Alex Eberhard's two free throws with 27 seconds left gave Wabash a 34-33 lead which it took into the intermission.

Wabash extended the advantage to three early in the second half before Matthew Godfrey's basket and a pair of field goals from Felke provided DePauw a 39-36 lead.

The Tigers still held a 45-42 edge after Nolan Ginther's bucket with 12:38 left, but Schreiber and Colten Garland each hit treys to give the hosts a 48-45 lead. Kus came back with a basket, but DePauw came up empty on its next four possessions while Wabash extended the margin to seven a 54-47 with 7:13 remaining.

Kus paced DePauw with a season-high 13 points along with eight rebounds, while Ginther added 11. Felke dished out a team-high four assists.

Hallstrom and Watson each totaled 14 points for Wabash followed by Garland with 11 and 10 each from Davidson and Schreiber. Schreiber grabbed seven boards for the Little Giants who held a 41-31 rebounding edge.

DePauw shot 40.3 percent from the field to Wabash's 42.0. The Tigers shot just 12 percent from beyond the arc with Wabash hitting 33.3 percent.

The Tigers returns to action on Saturday, January 19, as they host Kenyon in a 3 p.m. NCAC contest.