DePauw and Ohio Wesleyan advance to Rokicki title game
November 24, 2006
November 24, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw and Ohio Wesleyan each won their opening games of the fourth annual Mike Rokicki Community Versus Cancer Challenge and will square off in Saturday's 4 p.m. championship game. DePauw defeated Judson, 88-84, while Ohio Wesleyan beat Illinois Wesleyan 87-74. Judson and Illinois Wesleyan meet in Saturday's 2 p.m. third-place contest.
DePauw jumped out to a 27-16 lead midway through the first half before the visiting Eagles closed the halftime gap to 43-40. The Tigers again expanded the margin to double digits in the second half and held a 71-61 lead with 10:05 remaining. Judson battled back to within one at 81-80 with 2:32 left and still trailed by just two at 86-84 before Reid Sakel put the game out of reach with a pair of free throws with seven seconds left.
Stephen Schott paced DePauw with 25 points followed by Austin Brown with 15, Mike Moore with 14 and Sakel with 12. Matt McDonald grabbed a career-high 10 boards and Moore dished out nine assists.
Justen Boyd paced the Eagles with 28 points with Anthony Cawthon scoring 19 followed by Joe Gonnam with 17 and Chris Oates with 11. Cawthon grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.
Judson hit 56.9 percent from the floor to DePauw's 49.2 percent, but the Tigers knocked down 20 of 25 from the charity stripe to the Eagles' 12 of 14. DePauw also held a 34-24 advantage on the boards including 14 on the offensive glass.
Ohio Wesleyan shot 57.4 percent from the floor and nailed 14 of 31 from three-point range in downing the Titans. The Battling Bishops opened the second half with a 19-8 run, which included five three-pointers, as they took their biggest lead of the contest at 58-42. Illinois Wesleyan got as close as 70-63 with just over five minutes to play, but a 9-2 Bishops' run put the game away.
Dustin Rudegeair led Ohio Wesleyan with 22 followed by Ben Chojnacki with 13, Brian Cafarella with 12 and Jesse Jean with 10. Rudegeair and Casey Teeters each grabbed six rebounds in the win, while Teeters dished out six assists.
Darius Gant paced Illinois Wesleyan with 18, while Andrew and Zach Freeman each scored 16. Zach Freeman snagged nine boards in the loss.