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Tigers lose by three at Maryville

January 2, 2004

Box score

 

St. Louis, Mo. - DePauw dropped to 7-4 on the season following a 70-67 loss at Maryville (Mo.). The Saints improved to 2-8 with the victory.

 

DePauw and Maryville battled threw a tight first half that included three ties and 11 lead changes before the hosts went to the break with a 26-25 advantage. DePauw shot just 33 percent from the floor and committed 12 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, but held a commanding 24-15 advantage on the boards.

 

The Tigers started strong in the second half as they connected on their first four field goal tries on the way to a 12-4 run that propelled them to a 37-30 lead with 15:32 remaining. With DePauw gaining momentum and appearing to gain control of the contest, the Saints applied full-court pressure which very quickly turned the contest around. Stephen Bash's layup cut the gap to five before the Tigers committed turnovers on each of their next five possessions.

 

Meanwhile the Saints converted each of the Tigers' miscues into points in scoring 14 straight points in a span of just less than 1:30 to take a 44-37 advantage. Ben Hebl hit back-to-back three-pointers in just 14 seconds to key the rally.

 

Maryville started to pull away late in the half as they built an 11-point lead on a couple of occasions with the last coming at 64-53 on Hebl's jumper with 4:09 left.

 

Todd Capes hit a three, while Dre Smith scored a layup to close the DePauw deficit to just six with two minutes to play. Maryville hit one of two free throws with 1:28 remaining before Alex Stewart's tip-in and later layup with 40 seconds left closed the gap to 65-62.

 

Matt Regan nailed two free throws with 31 seconds left and Smith matched it with a layup 11 seconds later. Two free throws from Andrew Hulbert pushed the Maryville lead to 69-64 with nine seconds left, but Stewart's three-pointer made it 69-67 with just five seconds remaining.

 

Tim Elwell hit the second of two free throws with three seconds remaining leaving the Tigers with a chance to tie, but Joey Hanger's three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

 

Stewart paced the Tigers with career-highs of 22 points and nine rebounds, while Dre Smith chipped in a career-best 11. Bash led the Saints with 14, while Ryan Klein added 11 and Matt Damrell scored 10. Damrell had seven boards for Maryville.

 

The Tigers held a slim 36-35 edge on the boards, but were outrebounded in the second half 20-12. DePauw shot better in the second half at 45 percent and finished the game at just under 40 percent, but Maryville connected on 58 percent over the final 20 minutes to finish at 45 percent for the game.

 

DePauw begins defense of its 2003 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship when it travels to Rose-Hulman for an 8 p.m. contest on Monday, January 5. The live WGRE broadcast will be available here.

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