Wheaton, Ill. – Despite leading the majority of the way, DePauw could not close out a win and in overtime fell 72-69 to tenth-ranked UW-River Falls on Saturday.
DePauw looked on track for their second win of the season when UW-River Falls missed a contested layup with 30 seconds remaining. One of the smallest guys on the floor in senior Mason Hankins grabbed the rebound and hit two crucial free throws on the other end to give the Tigers a four-point lead.
However, the Falcons' Austin Heidecker connected on a 3-pointer from atop the key with 13 seconds remaining. It was second chance points for the Falcons as they missed a quick 3-pointer earlier in their possession and rebounded the miss.
After Andrew Kus hit two free throws for the Tigers, UW-River Falls' Austin Moldenhauer got an open look from beyond the arc to tie it up with three seconds remaining.
Entering overtime tied at 64, the Falcons opened with a 3-pointer and never relinquished the lead after that. It was just the second time all game they held the advantage after leading for a total of nine seconds in the second half.
DePauw did not record a field goal in the final five minutes and went 5-for-8 from the charity stripe in overtime.
It was a disappointing end following a promising start as the Tigers jumped to a 14-2 lead to begin the game. By halftime, they only led by two at 29-27.
David Vogel led the team with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. He made the All-Tournament team after averaging 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals between the two games of the Lee Pfund Classic hosted by Wheaton College.
Jack VandeMerkt scored 14 as the only other Tiger in double figures.
DePauw was outrebounded 46-36 and was outscored in the paint 38-22. The Falcons' bench also outscored DePauw's 38-16. DePauw did have more points off turnovers at 19-14.
DePauw (1-2) will be back in action Nov. 29 when they host Rose Hulman.