Tigers fall behind, rally and hold on for 65-60 win over Bees
GREENCASTLE, IND.- In a game of streaks the Tigers were able to hold on in the closing minutes to defeat the Savannah College of Art and Design, 65-60, at the Neal Fieldhouse. The win lifts the Tigers' record to 8-1 which is their best start since the 1986-87 season. The Bees fell to 6-4 with the loss.
DePauw fell behind 12-2 as they hit just one of their first 11 shots from the floor. The insertion of rookie Dave Gifford into the lineup sparked the Old Gold as he scored three straight buckets in a 1:15 span to start an 11-0 run that put the hosts up by one, 13-12.
A pair of Bees free throws made it 14-13, but the Tigers scored the next nine and 23 of the next 25 to take their biggest lead of the game, 36-16. DePauw led 36-18 at the break.
Savannah scored the first six points of the second half to cut the gap to 12. The Tigers' first field goal didn't come until 14:45 left in the second half when Corey Yost buried a three-pointer. The Bees got as close as three at 63-60 when Eric Perry hit a jumper, but Brad Stevens, ranked 14th in Division III in free throw shooting, nailed a pair with four seconds left to put the game away.
Stevens led the Tigers with 16 points off the bench, while Gifford added 12. Jack Kidd led the Tigers with eight rebounds. Jabulani Brown scored 16 for Savannah. The big stat of the game may have come at the free throw line where the Tigers hit 17 of 24 in the second half to Savannah's seven of 12. After holding a 19-11 rebounding advantage at halftime, the Tigers were outrebounded by a 27-7 margin in the second half. Of those 27 second-half boards, 15 were on the offensive glass.
The Tigers return to action at the Great Bahamas Goombay Shooout where they will play Elmira on January 2.