DePauw Erases 21-point Deficit in Season Finale Win

DePauw Erases 21-point Deficit in Season Finale Win

Oberlin, Ohio – The DePauw men's basketball team trailed by as many as 21 and 17 at the half, but the Tigers found a way to steal a 71-68 victory over Oberlin on Saturday in their regular season finale.

Jack VandeMerkt scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Senior Luke Lattner followed with 19 points, and Andrew Kus had 11 points and five rebounds.

The Tigers shot 25-of-56 (45 percent) from the floor and was just 3-of-21 (14 percent) from beyond the arc, but their 18-of-21 shooting (86 percent) from the foul line proved to be the difference late. Oberlin shot 42 percent (26-of-61) overall and 40 percent (14-of-35) from 3-point range but only attempted two free throws, making them both.

DePauw held an early lead, hitting one of their three 3-pointers to open the game. However, they went from leading 9-6 five minutes into the game to trailing 23-15 five minutes later.

Oberlin hit 10 of their 14 3-pointers in the first half to take a 42-25 lead, but DePauw took the 44-26 advantage in the second half.

DePauw started the second half on a 15-5 run and made their game-deciding run with 11 minutes remaining, going from trailing to five to leading by five with 2:14 remaining, which was a 16-4 run.

DePauw scored 10 points off the bench, 42 points in the paint, 13 points off turnovers and forced 11 turnovers. Oberlin had 40 bench points, 18 points in the paint, four points off turnovers and eight forced turnovers.

Oberlin falls to 3-22 overall and 2-16 in the NCAC. DePauw moves to 12-13 overall and 8-10 in the conference. The win should put them as the sixth seed in the NCAC tournament and in line with a trip to Wooster or Denison with a time TBA.