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Tigers Suffer Second Straight Close Loss

December 8, 2012

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Delaware, Ohio - In a second straight game decided in the final minute, DePauw suffered its second consecutive setback after dropping a 64-61 North Coast Athletic Conference contest at Ohio Wesleyan.

The Tigers dropped to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC, while the Battling Bishops improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

Ohio Wesleyan's Vaughan Spaulding hit a three with 22 seconds left to extend the host's lead to 61-56, but DePauw's Michael Wilkison countered with a three with 12 seconds remaining to make it 61-59.

DePauw fouled and the Bishops' Marshall Morris made the first, but missed the second free throw. Before the Tigers could get up the court after rebounding the miss, Ohio Wesleyan fouled Adam Botts who proceeded to knock down a pair and trim Ohio Wesleyan's lead to 62-61.

The Tigers fouled with 4.5 seconds remaining and Taylor Rieger missed the front end of the one-and-one with DePauw's Barry Flynn grabbing the rebound. However, Flynn was whistled for a technical foul for touching the net and Rieger hit both technical free throws to push the lead to 64-61 with 4.1 seconds left.

Ohio Wesleyan was also awarded the ball out of bounds and Morris was quickly fouled. Morris missed both free throws and the Tigers' Pat Haggin rebounded but his heave from beyond half court was off the mark.

The Tigers trailed by as many as 13 in the opening half and were down 33-22 before scoring seven straight to close the halftime deficit to 33-29. DePauw carried the momentum into the second half as it used a 12-2 run to take a 41-37 advantage with 13:44 remaining.

DePauw's lead was still three at 51-48 when Wilkison knocked down a three, but the Bishops scored eight straight to take the lead for good.

Wilkison led DePauw with a season-high 22 points and hit six of nine from three-point range. Flynn grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and Botts dished out four assists.

Gray paced Ohio Wesleyan with 14 points with Andy Winters chipping in 13. Morris grabbed 11 rebounds and Reuel Rogers had 10 as the Battling Bishops outrebounded the Tigers 43-36. 

DePauw shot just 34.4 percent from the floor, but hit 11 of 17 from beyond the arc. Ohio Wesleyan shot 41 percent from the field.

The Tigers return to action on Monday, December 17, when they travel to Kalamazoo.

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