by Mike Lillich, University Editor
GREENCASTLE, IND. - When the buzzer sounded, Ryan Hooker made it a point to shake hands first with Jack Kidd. DePauw's senior go-to guy not only rightfully acknowledged the freshman's effort but also recognized him as one of the key pieces in the future of DPU basketball.
That future could start very soon.
DePauw had 24 (35-11) more attempts and 18 more made free throws (24-8) than Anderson in the Saturday afternoon Neal Fieldhouse contest. Kidd (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) made 10 of 11 from the stripe on his way to a career-high 16 points.
All-America candidate Hooker (Rensselaer, Ind./Rensselaer Central), while having a tough shooting day from the floor, made eight of 10 attempts from the foul line to finish with 13 points. He also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Senior Matt Bowers contributed 10 rebounds (six offensive) and helped the Tigers outrebound the Ravens 37-26. Shooting only 33 percent from the floor led to 14 offensive rebounds for the Tigers.
Sophomore Brad Stevens (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) started the game and scored seven points, snatched eight rebounds, had three steals but turned the ball over seven times. Fellow sophomore Jess McKinney (Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights) had nine points.
But today was Kidd's coming-out party. The 6-foot 6-inch, 215 pounder was three-for-three from the floor, missed only the one free throw, had four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 21 minutes of action.
Coach Bill Fenlon would appreciate that same kind of effort and results against Wabash College in Crawfordsville on Wednesday (Feb. 12).
The Little Giants (18-2 overall; 7-1 in ICAC play) are literally and figuratively big and strong this year, so some extra power on the boards and getting to the free-thrown line would go a long way in evening the Tigers' odds.
Leading all scorers Saturday afternoon was Anderson University's Brent Brobston, a 6-foot 5-inch sophomore from Frankton, Ind., with 27.
DePauw raised its record to 11-9 overall and evened its conference record to 4-4. Anderson fell to 8-12 overall and 0-9 in the ICAC.