Tigers Advance to NCAC Semifinals after Defeating Oberlin

Tigers Advance to NCAC Semifinals after Defeating Oberlin

Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw led by as many as 15 in the first half and survived an Oberlin second-half surge to advance to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals with a 66-62 win over the Yeomen. The fourth-seed Tigers moved to 17-9 on the season and face host Wooster on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. The Fighting Scots rallied for a 91-89 win over eighth-seed Allegheny. Oberlin finished its season at 13-13.

The Tigers never trailed in the first half and held a 28-23 advantage before scoring nine straight at the start of a 12-2 run capped by Ken Decker's 3-pointer which gave the hosts a 40-25 lead with 2:49 left in the half. DePauw took a 45-32 lead into the intermission.

The momentum shifted early in the second half as the Tigers went 0-9 from the field with three turnovers in the opening six minutes with Oberlin scoring 12 straight to trim DePauw's lead to 45-44. The Yeomen gained their first lead of the game at 52-50 on Christian Fioretti's layup with 11:41 left.

With the game tied, 53-53, DePauw scored nine straight over a three-minute stretch capped by Nick Felke's 3-point play which made it 62-53 with 5:43 left. Joshua Friedkin countered with a 3-pointer before Caymn Lutz hit a pair of free throws to make DePauw's lead 64-56 at the 5:02 mark.

After an Oberlin miss, the Tigers came up empty on their next possession but only after three offensive rebounds. Andre Campbell hit one of two free throws and his steal led to a pair of free throws by Fioretti. Friedkin's trey with 57 seconds remaining cut DePauw's lead to 64-62 and a Tigers miss gave the Yeomen the ball. An Oberlin turnover led to a pair of free throws by Felke with 14 seconds left which sealed the victory.

Five Tigers scored in double figures led by Lutz and Felke with 13 followed by Josh Hall with 12. Nolan Ginther and Aaron Shank each added 11. 

Fioretti paced Oberlin with 18 points followed by Eli Silverman-Lloyd with 15, Campbell with 13 and Friedkin with 11.

The Tigers held a 29-25 edge on the boards with Felke grabbing six for the Tigers and Campbell totaling six for the Yeomen.

DePauw shot 66.7 percent in the opening half and just 23.3 percent in the second to finish at 42.6 percent for the game. Oberlin connected on 46.2 percent for the game.