Tigers improve to 6-0 with 80-61 win over Sewanee
December 2, 2001
Mike Howland dishes out one of his career-high12 assists in the Tigers' 80-61 win over Sewanee.
GREENCASTLE, Ind. - DePauw improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1946-47 season with an 80-61 win over visiting Sewanee. The victory also lifted the Tigers' Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference record to 2-0. Sewanee dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the SCAC.
The host Tigers quickly jumped out to a 13-5 lead as Joe Nixon scored 11 points in a span of just 2:45 with the last nine coming on consecutive three-pointers. That lead reached as many as 18 points at 36-18 with 4:15 left in the half before Sewanee closed the gap to 42-31 at halftime.
Joe Ringger hit a couple of buckets to open the second half and Jeremy Bettis added a layup to push the lead to 48-31. Sewanee got as close as 10 at 54-44 with 11:16 left, but a 9-2 run push the margin back to 17 and the Tigers were never threatened from that point forward.
Nixon finished with 21 points, while Ringger added 17 and nine rebounds. Bettis finished with his second double-double in the last three games with 11 points and 10 rebounds and also blocked two shots. Mike Howland recorded a career-high 12 assists which was just one shy of tying the school record set by Ted Rutan against Eureka on February 2, 1983.
Rusty Fordham led Sewanee with 23 points, while Jason Smith scored 10 DePauw outrebounded Sewanee, 41-26.
The win was the Tigers' 11th straight dating back to last season for the longest streak since the 1989-90 squad won 13 straight before falling in the Division III Championship game.
DePauw takes on the University of Chicago on December 14 in a game that will be played at Greencastle High School at 8:30 p.m. Greencastle High School takes on Rockville High School in the first game of the doubleheader.