Second Half Troubles Send Tigers to Loss

Second Half Troubles Send Tigers to Loss

Chicago, Ill. – DePauw and Chicago went in different directions in the second half in the final game of the University of Chicago Tournament on Sunday as the Tigers suffered a 78-56 loss.

DePauw held a 35-34 advantage at halftime before Chicago outscored DePauw 44-21 in the second half.

DePauw was held scoreless for six minutes where they saw an eight point deficit turn into a 57-42 hole with 9:48 remaining. Mason Hankins broke the drought with free throws and Luke Lattner hit a 3-pointer at 7:47 to give DePauw its first field goal in eight minutes.

The Tigers shot 5-of-22 in the second half (22 percent) as opposed to a shooting percentage of 52 (15-of-29) in the first half. They ended shooting 39 percent for the game, while Chicago shot 54 percent (28-of-52).

Chicago was led by trio Waller Perez, Noah Karras and Blaine Crawford who scored 25, 16 and 15 points respectively, which was 72 percent of the team's total scoring.

For DePauw, Luke Lattner led with 18 points and was the only Tiger to reach double digits. Nate Jahn scored nine after shooting a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Hankins scored seven off the bench.

Chicago outrebounded DePauw 40-23 and scored 21 points off turnovers. DePauw's bench outscored Chicago's 18-10 and committed fewer turnovers at 14-12.

Lattner and Jack VandeMerkt made the UChicago All-Tournament Team.

Chicago is now 4-1 overall, and DePauw is 2-3. The Tigers return to action Dec. 3 when they host Ohio Wesleyan to open North Coast Athletic Conference play. Ohio Wesleyan was ranked eighth in the d3hoops.com preseason poll.