Second-Half Rally Not Enough for Tigers
January 13, 2008
January 13, 2008, Birmingham, Ala. - DePauw scored 17 straight points during a four-minute stretch of the second half to trim a 22-point deficit to five, but the host Panthers held on for a 78-63 win over the Tigers. DePauw dropped to 10-4, while Birmingham-Southern improved to 8-5.
Birmingham-Southern jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but DePauw caught the Panthers at 17-17 and held a 28-27 advantage briefly after Ryan Werntz knocked down a three with 2:29 left in the first half. The Panthers led at the break, 33-30.
The margin was still five at 37-32 before Birmingham-Southern went on a 13-0 run capped by Roger Williams' putback with 14:25 remaining which made it 50-32. The lead reached as many as 22 after Nathan West hit a three with 10:16 left.
Steve Lemasters nailed a three with 9:02 remaining which started a 17-0 run over the next four minutes. Mike Moore's drive with 5:09 left closed the Panthers' lead to 59-54. The Tigers were still within seven after Brian Oilar hit two free throws with 2:48 remaining, but Birmingham-Southern scored the next 11 to put the game away.
Werntz paced DePauw with 16 points followed by Stephen Schott with 14 and Oilar with 10. Schott grabbed seven rebounds and Mke Moore dished out five assists.
Aaron Parr led Birmingham-Southern with 23 points and four assists, while Daniel Hudson added 16 points and Williams followed with 12. Will Gilmore and Jordan Schultz each grabbed six rebounds as the Panthers held a 39-29 edge on the boards.
DePauw shot just 39.6 percent for the game, while the Panthers connected on 491 percent including 54 percent in the second half.
The contest does not count in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings since Birmingham-Southern is in its first year of NCAA Division III provisional status as it makes its transition from Division I.
DePauw returns to SCAC action on Friday, January 18, when it travels to Colorado College for an 8 p.m. MST contest. The Panthers travel to Southwestern next Friday.