Tigers Still in Search of First NCAC Win

Tigers Still in Search of First NCAC Win

Meadville, Pa. – DePauw traveled to Allegheny looking to end a three-game skid on Saturday, but it was Allegheny breaking their own three-game losing streak with a 70-57 victory over the Tigers.

Both teams were in search of their first North Coast Athletic Conference win of the season. Allegheny now sits at 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference, while DePauw drops to 2-6 and 0-4.

Freshman Josh Hall was a bright spot for the Tigers, scoring 10 points off the bench with a team-high eight rebounds. David Vogel led DePauw with 12 points and finished with seven rebounds. Five other players finished with six points.

Allegheny's leading scorers on the year in Jordan Rawls and Jamison Nee did just that for the Gators on Saturday. Rawls scored a double-double with a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds, and Nee finished with 17.

Allegheny's 13-point win happened in part with an 11-0 run to start the game. Mason Hankins' 3-pointer at 15:42 broke the scoring drought for the Tigers.

DePauw got to within six points with two minutes remaining in the first half, but Allegheny was able to extend its lead to 40-30 at halftime.

Jack VandeMerkt connected on an and-one to bring DePauw within four at 42-38 with 16:24 remaining in the game. After forcing a turnover on the other end, Vogel missed a 3-pointer to bring the Tigers even closer.

On the next possession, Allegheny hit a 3-pointer of their own and retook momentum. They led by double digits for the remaining 5:34.

DePauw won the battle of the boards 45-40 and outscored Allegheny's bench 37-12. Allegheny converted nine points off of DePauw's 17 turnovers, while DePauw scored six on Allegheny's 11 turnovers.

The Gators shot 40 percent (23-of-58), and DePauw shot 33 percent (21-of-64).

The Tigers continue on their road trip tomorrow with a trip to Hiram, who defeated Wabash 75-68 in overtime on Saturday.