Tigers Overcome 16-Point Deficit but Ohio Wesleyan Rallies for NCAC Win

Tigers Overcome 16-Point Deficit but Ohio Wesleyan Rallies for NCAC Win

Delaware, Ohio - DePauw trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half at Ohio Wesleyan and rallied to take a seven-point lead, but the host Battling Bishops scored 12 straight and held on for a 72-67 North Coast Athletic Conference win over the Tigers. DePauw dropped to 15-8 overall and 9-7 in the NCAC, while Ohio Wesleyan improved to 12-11 overall and 7-9 in conference play.

The hosts got out to a quick 18-8 lead before DePauw trimmed that back to four.  The Battling Bishops, however, answered with a 17-5 run over a 5-minute stretch to grab a 36-20 lead. Ohio Wesleyan led at the intermission, 38-27.

DePauw opened the second half on a 16-6 run to cut the Bishops' lead to 44-43. Ohio Wesleyan countered with a 3-pointer, but Cole Jenkins hit a layup and a trey before Nolan Ginther followed with a jumper to give DePauw a 50-47 advantage with 11:22 left. 

The Tigers gained their biggest lead of the game at 59-52 with 6:14 remaining after Matt Mahlke's jumper capped a 7-0 stretch. Ohio Wesleyan scored 12 straight as DePauw came up empty on eight straight possessions which included five turnovers as the hosts led 64-59 with 2:02 remaining. 

DePauw closed to within three points on multiple occasions in the final two minutes, but the Battling Bishops hit 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Ginther led DePauw with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Cole Jenkins added 11 points and Nick Felke dished out four assists.

Ethan Stanislawski paced Ohio Wesleyan with 23 points, while Grant Gossard and Nick Carlson chipped in 15 points apiece. Gossard added a game-high 11 rebounds and Jaret Gerber dished out five assists.

DePauw shot 38.7 percent from the field to Ohio Wesleyan's 43.6 percent with DePauw hitting 8 of 25 from 3-point range compared to the Bishops' 13 of 31. The Tigers also held a 42-29 edge on the boards.

The Tigers host Denison on Wednesday at 8 p.m.