Third-ranked DePauw stays perfect with win over number-nine Millsaps
January 4, 2002
Senior Joe Nixon moved into 10th place on DePauw's all-time scoring list with his team-high 18 points in the Tigers' 75-60 win over Millsaps
Greencastle, Ind. - What started as a historic first at the Neal Fieldhouse with two SCAC teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation squaring off ended with DePauw's 75-60 win over visiting Millsaps.
The win extended DePauw's perfect season and best-ever start to 10-0. It also pushed the Tigers' Division III-long win streak to 15 straight. DePauw's last loss came to Millsaps on February 4, 2001. The Tigers are ranked third by Basketball America and sixth by D3Hoops.com, while Millsaps (9-2, 3-1 SCAC) is sixth according to Basketball America and 24 by D3Hoops.com.
The Tigers remain in a first-place tie in the SCAC with Rose-Hulman as both have posted 5-0 conference marks after the Engineers defeated Oglethorpe, 71-59.
Millsaps held a 17-13 lead with eight minutes to play before the Tigers closed the half with a 21-4 run to go to the intermission with a 34-21 advantage. Freshman Joey Hanger and senior Joe Nixon each hit a pair of three-pointers during the stretch and Jon Owens added four free throws.
After DePauw led 49-34, the Majors scored six straight on Daniel Waguespack's three-point play and Michael Schwitter's three-point field goal. The Tigers increased the margin to 14 at 57-43 with 7:12 left, but Millsaps came back with Trent Forrest's three-pointer and two free throws from Thomas Adams to close the gap to 57-48 with 6:05 remaining.
Nixon then hit two free throws and a field goal and Joe Ringger nailed a free throw to make it 62-48 with just 3:57 left. The Majors got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Nixon led the Tigers with 18 and moved ahead of Jeff Halgren (1974-78) and into 10th place on DePauw's all-time scoring list with 1,233 points. Mike Howland added 14 points, while Jeremy Bettis posted his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in just 17 minutes. Jon Owens equaled a season-high with 10 points. Howland and Nixon each dished out five assists and Ringger recorded his second straight 16-rebound game.
Waguespack paced Millsaps with 18 points, while Schwitter added 14 and Adams scored 11 off the bench. Byron Cooper led the Majors with 10 rebounds.
The Tigers host Oglethorpe on Sunday at noon.