Tigers Pick Up Much-Needed Win

Tigers Pick Up Much-Needed Win

Oberlin, Ohio -- The DePauw men's basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak on Saturday with a 64-53 win over Oberlin.

The second win of the season over Oberlin moves DePauw to 7-12 overall and 3-9 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Oberlin drops to 11-8 overall and 6-6 in conference play.

DePauw received contributions throughout its entire lineup. Luke Lattner led the Tigers with 15 points. Fellow starters Jack VandeMerkt scored 14 and Cris Burrough added 10.

The bench outscored Oberlin's 21-6, which included a 16-0 difference in the first half where DePauw led 31-20.

Sophomore Forrest Nettles was the first off the bench and scored four early points. He finished with a career-high six points.  Fellow reserve James Clarke also added six points to match his career-high from earlier this year.

DePauw shot 39 percent from the floor (20-of-52) and 35 percent from 3-point range (8of-23). They were also 16-of-23 (70 percent) from the free throw line.

Oberlin shot 34 percent from the floor (18-of-53) but struggled from deep, shooting 15 percent (3-of-20) from beyond the arc.

Oberlin's only lead came at the start of the game when they opened to a 5-0 run. Lattner gave DePauw its first lead six minutes into the game with a 3-pointer to make it 10-9. Oberlin tied it twice more in the first half but DePauw never let them get any closer.

DePauw had its biggest lead of 19 with 13:48 remaining in the game.

Both teams committed 13 turnovers, and DePauw held the slight advantage in rebounds (38-35) and second chance points (8-6).

The Tigers return to action and return home Friday, Feb. 5 to face Allegheny at 6 p.m.