Tigers Close Out Weekend Road Trip with 66-60 Loss to Hiram

Tigers Close Out Weekend Road Trip with 66-60 Loss to Hiram

Hiram, Ohio -- On the tail end of a back-to-back, DePauw lost a first half lead, and Hiram won their third straight NCAC game 66-60 on Sunday.

DePauw held a 37-32 lead at the half, but was outscored 34-23 in the final 20 minutes. The Tigers led by as many as nine with 16:27 remaining but lost their lead for good at 6:26 when Isaiah Matthews hit a 3-pointer to give Hiram a 57-55 edge.

Riley Doody tied it with 4:25 to go after Jack VandeMerkt found him cutting to the basket for an easy layup. Doody then took a charge on the other end to give DePauw the opportunity to retake the lead. However, a 3-pointer failed to fall, and Hiram connected on its next possession to make it 59-57 with 3:17 remaining.

Later in the game, Josh Hall made a 3-pointer to bring DePauw within one at 61-60. After two made free throws from the Terriers, Cris Burrough received a good look from beyond the arc to tie the game with 48 seconds remaining but failed to connect. Hiram closed the game with a 3-pointer of their own to get the game to its final score.

The freshman Hall, who received the start, finished with a career-high 15 points. Doody tied a career-high with 11 points, and David Vogel finished with nine. 

Hiram's Kelvin Jones led all scorers with 21. Sherman Dean III scored all of Hiram's 17 bench points, which also outscored DePauw's by three.

The Terriers scored 23 points off 16 turnovers, while DePauw could only score 11 off of Hiram's 13 mistakes. Hiram also outrebounded DePauw 27-20 and outscored them in second chance points 10-5.

DePauw did shoot better at 53 percent (21-of-40) to Hiram's 46 percent (25-of-54) and were 43 percent (6-of-14) from beyond the arc to Hiram's 39 percent (10-of-26). Both teams shot 85 percent from the free throw line.

DePauw drops to 2-7 overall and 0-5 in the NCAC, while Hiram moves to third place in the standings at 5-4 overall and 4-1. The Tigers head to Tampa Bay, Fla. for their annual Tampa Bay Shootout on Dec. 29 and will open play against Hampden-Sydney.