Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw University men's basketball team dropped its first North Coast Athletic Conference game 65-69 to Kenyon College.
In the opening minutes of the game, the Lords put up a quick three and established their lead early over the Tigers. Despite falling behind early, DePauw answered and traded baskets with Kenyon for the majority of the first half.
The Tigers' ability to move the ball and hit shots within the paint and outside the arc led to a double-digit lead late in the first half.
Shooting over 60 percent from the field, hitting 12 free-throws, and turning over the ball just three times, DePauw dominated the final five minutes.
Out rebounding the Lords 15-8 and converting 13 points off seven turnovers, the Tigers would close out the half with a 13-5 point run, extending its lead to 20.
In the second half, however, the Lords came back onto the court with a vengeance, quickly putting in 14 points in the paint, while holding the Tigers to just two points in the first five minutes of the second half.
DePauw's double-digit lead was efficiently chipped away by Kenyon's Elijah Davis, and with just two minutes left in the game, the Tigers were tied at 63.
Personal fouls by the Lords would put the Tigers on the line twice, and in both instances, DePauw would split the free-throws keeping the game a one-possession game.
Kenyon took its time with about 90 seconds left in the game, running down the clock and tying the game at 65. Unable to answer on the other end, the Tigers had to transition to defense quickly, and with under 20 seconds left in the game, the Lords drained a three taking back the lead for the first time since the first half.
The Tigers' final look to tie the game, however, came up short. DePauw returns to Neal Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Dec. 4, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. against fourth-ranked Wittenberg.