DePauw drops SCAC opener at Rose-Hulman
January 5, 2004
Terre Haute, Ind. - DePauw shot just 31.9 percent from the field for the game and only 27 percent in the second half and dropped its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opener at Rose-Hulman, 71-56. The Tigers fell to 7-5 overall and 0-1 in the SCAC, while the Engineers improved to 7-4 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Each team started slowly offensively as 3:24 went by before the game's first points went on the board. Rose-Hulman led most of the first half on the way to a 33-29 halftime advantage. The Engineers scored the first five points of the second half and held DePauw scoreless over the opening three minutes. The Tigers' first field goal of the half didn't come until Joey Hanger knocked down a three-pointer with 12:58 remaining.
Rose-Hulman pushed the margin to as many as 15 after Jason Ludwig's jmper with 5:49 left made it 58-43. The Tigers pulled to within eight at 60-52 after Jon Owens scored on a layup with 2:07 remaining to cap a 6-0 run over a 38-second span. The Engineers then hit nine of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
"They played well," DePauw head coach Bill Fenlon said of Rose-Hulman. "We're not good right now. We're not recognizing where the plays are and then making them. We'll have to reevaluate what we're doing and our personnel."
Munchie Muskeyvalley led the Engineers with a game-high 25 points while Philip Griffith added 16. Hanger and Owens each scored 11 to lead DePauw, while Robert Davis added a career-high 10. The Engineers held a 33-32 edge on the boards as Kareem Lee grabbed nine and Jason Ludwig added eight for Rose-Hulman. Dre Smith grabbed six for the Tigers.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, January 9, when they travel to Hendrix for an 8 p.m. CST SCAC game. The live WGRE broadcast may be accessed here.Back