DePauw Claims Fifth Straight Rokicki Title; Gray Named MVP
November 30, 2008
November 30, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Bolstered by career-high point totals from juniors David Gray (pictured left) and Tom Callen, DePauw wrapped up its fifth straight Mike Rokicki Community Versus Cancer Challenge title with a 73-64 win over Ohio Northern. The Tigers improved to 2-2 with the win, while the Polar Bears suffered their first loss and are 3-1.
Ohio Northern took the early lead and held as much as a six-point advantage at 20-14 midway through the first half. The Tigers briefly took the lead late in the half and Mike Moore's three at the end of the half sent the teams to the break tied, 34-34.
Moore opened the second half with a bucket and Callen followed with a couple to give DePauw a 40-34 advantage.The Polar Bears closed the gap to 46-45 on a pair of Loudan Hammersmith free throws with 9:49 remaining, but Gray and Callen hit back-to-back jumpers and Gray added a free throw to make it 51-45. DePauw still led 63-59 with 3:37 remaining, but Callen hit two free throws before Lemasters hit one charity toss and knocked down a three with 2:00 left ot push the lead to double digits at 69-59.
Gray earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors with a career-high 20 points, while Moore added 19 and hit all 10 free throws to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Moore scored 45 in the two games. Callen followed with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Sam Bastian paced Ohio Northern with 12 points followed by Kyle Meyer with 11 and Ezra Bradshaw with 10. Bastian and Meyer were all-tourney selections as well.
DePauw shot 47.9 percent from the floor to Ohio Northern's 47.1 percent and the Tigers nailed 24 of 31 free throws in the win. The Polar Bears held a 31-24 advantage on the boards and were led by Meyer's six. Callen paced DePauw with eight.
In the third-place game, Defiance led all the way on the way to an 83-68 win over Earlham. The Yellow Jackets shot 56.9 percent from the floor and knocked down 10-of-17 three-pointers in the win, while holding the Quakers to just 33.9 percent shooting.
Heath Armstrong paced Defiance with 20 followed by Nick Sales and Anthony Pettaway with 17 each and Anthony Brown with 13. Pettaway earned a spot on the all-tournament team after hauling down 13 rebounds, while Eric Stolly grabbed 10. Defiance held a 45-22 rebound advantage in improving to 2-3.
Tristian Gregory paced the 0-5 Quakers with 18 points followed by Ryan Taylor with 12 and Kyle Calder with 11.
DePauw returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Wabash at 7:30 p.m.