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Transylvania tops DePauw in Tampa Bay Shootout title game

December 30, 2005

BOX SCORES: Maryville-Kalamazoo | DePauw-Transylvania

December 30, 2005, Tampa, Fla. - DePauw shot 56 percent from the field, but committed 26 turnovers and lost to Transylvania by a 76-72 score in the Tampa Bay Shootout championship game. DePauw dropped to 5-7 with the loss, while Transylvania improved to 9-2. Maryville (Tenn.) finished third following a 92-59 win over Kalamazoo.

Byan Howard of Transylvania was named the tournament's most valuable player and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Matt Finke. Austin Brown and Mike Moore also earned spots on the team as did Maryville's Monte Calloway.

In the championship game, DePauw jumped out to a 16-7 lead in the first seven minutes and never trailed over the first 20 minutes on the way to a 36-31 halftime lead.

The Pioneers grabbed the lead briefly in the early stages of the second half as they opened the period with a 9-2 run. The Tigers led by as many as eight in the second half on two occasions with the last coming at 52-44 with 11:42 remaining. Howard hit a three-pointer and a layup before Finke added four free throws sandwiched around Ryan Atwell's bucket to cap an 11-0 run and give the Pioneers a 55-52 lead with 9:49 left.

Transylvania extended its lead to 62-57 before the Tigers scored seven straight to take a two-point lead at 64-62 with 5:06 left. The Tigers still led 66-64 after Matt McDonald's bucket with 4:28 left. The Tigers were whistled for offensive fouls on each of the next two possessions and the Pioneers converted those into five points to take a 69-66 advantage with just under three minutes left.

Finke hit a free throw with 1:42 left before Moore closed the gap to one on a three-pointer with 1:10 left. Marc Bain's three-pointer with 38 seconds left and the shot clock winding down pushed the Pioneers' lead back to four at 73-69. Howard made it 74-69 with a free throw with 14 seconds left before Moore knocked down another three with just nine seconds left. He was fouled on the shot, but failed to convert the free throw and Transylvania hit a pair of charity tosses with seven seconds left to put the game away.

Moore led the Tigers with 17 points with Alex Stewart and McDonald each adding 12. Schott finished with 10. Finke paced the Pioneers with 25 and Howard added 19. DePauw held a 32-24 advantage on the boards as Brown grabbed seven for the Tigers and Howard hauled down eight for Transylvania.

Transylvania turned DePauw's 26 turnovers into 30 points, while the Tigers managed only three points off of the Pioneers' 10 turnovers.

In the third place game, Calloway led all scorers with 17 points to propel Maryville to the 33-point win. Jonathan Johnson added 16, while Bobby Golden finished with 15 and a game-high nine rebounds and Bradley Blair added 11 points. Damon Krohn, Adam Bezemek and Henry McCain each scored eight for Kalamazoo. Maryville improved to 9-2 with the win, while the Hornets dropped to 3-8.

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