Chicago, Ill.- The DePauw University Tigers men's basketball team win its second game of the season 75-59 over the host University of Chicago on the first day of the Midway Classic.
In the first half, the Tigers took command early, jumping to a 12-4 lead just five minutes into the game.
Leading DePauw's offense was junior guard Nick Felke who was 5-6 from behind the arc leading the team into halftime with 15 points and a six-point lead.
The Tigers' defensive efforts also played a roll in stifling the Maroons outside shooting. By closing out its opponents DePauw held the University of Chicago to just 28% at the three, while it made 50% of its three-pointers.
In the second half of the game, the Tigers put up the first four points of the half and continued to control the rhythm of the game.
Heating up in the second half Josh Hall got big down low putting up a reverse layup that would put the Tigers up by 15 points. Combining Hall's aggressive play with Felke's accuracy at the three-point arc the Tigers finished the game with a shooting percentage of 51%.
Felke also matched his career-high 27 points, which was set last year against Wabash. Along with its offensive success, DePauw's presence around the rim kept the Marrons at bay, pulling down 32 rebounds to its 27.
DePauw's ability to take a commanding lead in the final minutes of the game had a lot to do with not only its shooting ability but also its accuracy at the free-throw line, outscoring the University of Chicago 37-27 to win the game.
The Tigers are back on the court tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 24 to play the winner of the Nebraska Wesleyan and St. Thomas game. The Midway Classic Championship game is set for 4 p.m.