Tigers outlast Colonels; defending national champions await in title game

     GREENCASTLE, IND.- The Tigers used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to hold of a surge from the visiting Centre College Colonels and win 66-65. The Tigers advance to the championship game of the DePauw Tipoff Tournament where they will face defending national champion Illinois Wesleyan University at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Titans defeated Washington (Mo.) University 76-63 in the opening game of the tournament.
     DePauw nailed all six of its free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds and needed each one as the Colonels' freshman guard Brian Britt scored nine points in the final 43 seconds including a three-pointer with three seconds left. Junior guard Brad Stevens buried the first four from the line and rookie Bob Steiner nailed the final two with just eight seconds left to seal the win.
     The Tigers trailed by as many as seven in the first half, but rallied to take a 32-28 lead at the break. That lead reached as many as 10 in the second half at 55-45 after a Stevens three-pointer with 7:11 left. They still led 60-53 with just over a minute left, but Britt's heroics nearly spoiled the season opener for the Tigers.
     Stevens led the Tigers with 14 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench. Freshman Dave Gifford added 10 points and senior Craig Stewart blocked four shots and had three steals. Britt and Bryan Bates led Centre with 19 each. Stephen Hodges had 10 points, a game-high nine rebounds and four blocks.
OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S                          
Centre College vs DePauw University                                             
11/21/97 8 p.m.       at  Neal Fieldhouse; Greencastle, Indiana                 
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VISITORS: Centre College (0-1)                                                  
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
No.     N A M E           FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
04 McLAIN, Chip         f  0  0   0  0   0  0   1  0  1   5   0   0  3  0  0  12
23 SMITH, Andy          f  1  3   1  2   0  0   0  1  1   3   3   1  2  0  1  22
50 HODGES, Stephen      c  5  5   0  0   0  1   1  8  9   2  10   1  1  4  0  32
03 BRITT, Brian         g  8 19   1  4   2  4   2  4  6   3  19   4  5  0  3  27
22 BATES, Bryan         g  7 11   3  3   2  2   1  0  1   0  19   0  3  0  1  33
10 COOPER, Tim             0  2   0  1   1  2   0  0  0   0   1   0  0  0  0  11
12 STEPHAN, Tim            3  8   2  7   0  0   0  0  0   2   8   1  1  0  0  19
20 POLLOM, Robert          1  2   0  0   0  0   1  3  4   1   2   2  0  0  0   9
21 GETTER, Kyle            1  4   0  2   0  0   2  5  7   2   2   2  3  0  0  15
42 HUGHES, Travis          0  2   0  2   0  0   0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0  11
52 GRAHAM, Gabe            0  0   0  0   1  2   1  0  1   4   1   1  0  0  0  10
TEAM REBOUNDS................................   1  0  1                         
TOTALS                    26 56   7 21   6 11  10 21 31  22  65  12 18  4  5 201
                                                                                
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-26  .423   2nd Half: 15-30  .500   Game:  .464   DEADBALL
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-12  .417   2nd Half:  2- 9  .222   Game:  .333   REBOUNDS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1- 2  .500   2nd Half:  5- 9  .556   Game:  .545      2    
                                                                                
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HOME TEAM: DePauw University (1-0)                                              
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
No.     N A M E           FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
24 YOST, Corey          f  3  5   1  2   0  0   0  5  5   1   7   1  4  0  1  19
35 GIFFORD, Dave        f  4  8   0  0   2  2   3  1  4   2  10   1  1  0  2  30
43 KIDD, Jack           c  1  6   0  0   4  4   2  2  4   1   6   0  2  0  0  35
20 STEWART, Craig       g  2  7   2  6   0  0   0  4  4   1   6   4  1  4  3  34
21 BURCH, Josh          g  0  2   0  1   2  3   1  2  3   3   2   1  2  0  1  24
22 STEVENS, Brad           3  8   1  2   7  7   4  2  6   0  14   2  3  0  1  18
32 McKINNEY, Jess          2  4   2  4   2  3   0  2  2   1   8   0  2  0  0  11
33 STEINER, Bob            3  7   1  5   2  2   0  2  2   1   9   5  1  0  0  18
42 MATZERATH, Lars         1  4   0  0   2  2   1  1  2   3   4   0  0  0  1  13
TEAM REBOUNDS................................   2  1  3                         
TOTALS                    19 51   7 20  21 23  13 22 35  13  66  14 16  4  9 202
                                                                                
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-27  .370   2nd Half:  9-24  .375   Game:  .373   DEADBALL
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2- 9  .222   2nd Half:  5-11  .455   Game:  .350   REBOUNDS
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-11  .909   2nd Half: 11-12  .917   Game:  .913      0, 1 
                                                                                
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OFFICIALS:   Mark Masariu, Bruce Hosier, Tom Rippenhoff                         
TECHNICAL FOULS:                                                                
Centre College      -  none                                                     
DePauw University   -  none                                                     
ATTENDANCE:  300                                                                
SCORE BY PERIODS:        1st  2nd  OT1  OT2  OT3  OT4   TOTAL                   
Centre College            28   37    0    0    0    0      65                   
DePauw University         32   34    0    0    0    0      66                   
COMMENTS: Game 2 of DePauw Tipoff Tournament                                    
          DePauw vs. Ill. Wesleyan Saturday   

OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S                          
Illinois Wesleyan U. vs Washington (Mo.) U.                                     
11/21/97 6 p.m.       at  Neal Fieldouse; Greencastle, Indiana                  
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VISITORS: Illinois Wesleyan U. (1-0)                                            
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
No.     N A M E           FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
22 NIEBRUGGE, Brent     f  6 17   0  0   1  3   4  9 13   3  13   4  1  0  3  30
50 HODER, Matt          f  3  5   0  1   4  5   1  2  3   5  10   1  2  0  1  19
42 BOYDEN, Andrew       c  9 14   0  0   0  1   3  8 11   3  18   2  5  3  2  34
12 COON, Korey          g  6 10   1  3   4  4   1  0  1   0  17   5  4  1  1  39
20 HUBBARD, Nathan      g  2  8   1  5   3  3   1  5  6   3   8   4  3  0  1  31
14 OSBORN, Jason           1  4   0  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   2   4  2  0  0  15
32 ROGERS, Mike            0  0   0  0   0  0   0  1  1   0   0   0  0  1  0   2
40 HAPP, Jerry             1  1   0  0   2  3   1  4  5   1   4   1  3  0  2  20
54 BAINES, John            2  3   0  0   0  0   0  3  3   3   4   0  1  1  0  11
TEAM REBOUNDS................................   2  1  3                         
TOTALS                    30 62   2 10  14 19  13 33 46  18  76  21 21  6 10 201
                                                                                
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-30  .367   2nd Half: 19-32  .594   Game:  .484   DEADBALL
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1- 6  .167   2nd Half:  1- 4  .250   Game:  .200   REBOUNDS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5- 7  .714   2nd Half:  9-12  .750   Game:  .737      2    
                                                                                
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HOME TEAM: Washington (Mo.) U. (0-1)                                            
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
No.     N A M E           FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
14 REYNOLDS, Dan        f  3 10   1  6   1  4   4  1  5   2   8   0  2  0  0  21
33 HEIDBRINK, Chris     f  4  9   0  0   1  3   6  3  9   1   9   0  0  0  0  29
52 GREEAR, Matt         c  4 10   0  0   3  6   1  4  5   4  11   3  0  1  1  22
21 PHILIPP, Nate        g  2  8   1  7   0  0   0  2  2   2   5   2  1  0  0  22
22 PATTON, Ryan         g  3  8   1  2   0  2   1  3  4   1   7   5  6  0  5  29
10 PRUNTY, Kevin           0  1   0  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0   3  2  0  1   6
11 PANEK, Brian            2 11   0  5   0  0   1  2  3   1   4   0  0  0  1  23
12 DAY, Kevin              1  2   0  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   2   0  1  0  1   5
34 ALEXANDER, Chris        2  7   0  0   0  0   1  2  3   1   4   0  2  1  0   9
45 CERVEN, David           5  8   0  1   2  4   1  1  2   3  12   0  1  1  2  17
55 FUNCHES, Levi           0  5   0  0   1  3   5  1  6   2   1   1  0  1  0  18
TEAM REBOUNDS................................   4  2  6                         
TOTALS                    26 79   3 22   8 22  24 21 45  17  63  14 15  4 11 201
                                                                                
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-41  .268   2nd Half: 15-38  .395   Game:  .329   DEADBALL
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1- 9  .111   2nd Half:  2-13  .154   Game:  .136   REBOUNDS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-13  .308   2nd Half:  4- 9  .444   Game:  .364     10, 1 
                                                                                
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OFFICIALS:                                                                      
TECHNICAL FOULS:                                                                
Illinois Wesleyan U.-  none                                                     
Washington (Mo.) U. -  none                                                     
ATTENDANCE:  300                                                                
SCORE BY PERIODS:        1st  2nd  OT1  OT2  OT3  OT4   TOTAL                   
Illinois Wesleyan U.      28   48    0    0    0    0      76                   
Washington (Mo.) U.       27   36    0    0    0    0      63                   
COMMENTS: DePauw Tipoff Tournament Game 1

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