That was exactly what DePauw did against the visiting Engineers from Rose-Hulman, surviving by 41-39 in the first conference game of the season. The 41 points in a DePauw win was the fewest since the 1945-46 season when the Tigers beat Wabash, 27-21.
DePauw led throughout the first half as the two teams staggered to a 17-12 intermission tally. Rose took its first lead at 28-27 with 9:01 to go in the second half. Then it was back and forth until Ryan Hooker (Sr., Rensselaer, Ind./Rensselaer Central) settled matters with a tip-in at 2:11 and a jumper at 1:18 to make the score 41-39.
Even then, with the clock ticking off the final seconds, Rose had the ball and a chance to tie or win. But their final attempt clanged off the rim, and DePauw escaped with its eighth straight victory.
Hooker finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Jason Kreag (Sr., Granger, Ind./Penn) and Brad Stevens (So., Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) each had nine points.
The other non-negative saving grace for the Tigers was that they only turned the ball over six times. Craig Stewart (Jr., New Albany, Ind./Floyd Central) was responsible for half of the Tigers' turnovers but made up for it with five steals.
Bryan Egli led Rose-Hulman with eight points. Kent Murphy had 11 rebounds for the visitors.
DePauw's next game is at Anderson University on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. The Tigers don't return home to the friendly confines of Neal Fieldhouse until the Wabash Little Giants come to town on Jan. 22.
DePauw's record is now 8-5 and 1-0 in the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference. Rose-Hulman is also 8-5, but 0-1 in the conference.