Tigers Top Lions; Claim Shootout Title
December 30, 2007
December 30, 2007, Tampa, Fla. - Brian Oilar and Mike Moore each recorded double-doubles and led DePauw to a 76-72 win over Mount St. Joseph and its first Tampa Bay Shootout championship in the tournament's four-year history. DePauw improved to 8-2 with the win, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 5-6.
DePauw took an early five-point lead, but the Lions used an 11-2 run to grad an 18-14 advantage midway through the first half. The Tigers went to the break with a 37-32 lead after Ryan Werntz hit a three with 37 seconds left and Oilar knocked one down as the first half horn sounded.
The Tigers scored nine straight during a two-minute stretch of the second half to take their biggest lead at 59-48. They still led by 10 with just under four minutes remaining before Mount St. Joseph closed to within two at 72-70 after Michael Romes' layup with 43 seconds left.
Moore hit a pair of free throws with 41 seconds remaining and added another with 20 seconds left before Stephen Schott hit one with 10 seconds left to push the lead to six. The Lions' Josh Carter hit a pair of charity tosses with seven seconds remaining for the game's final points.
Oilar was named the tournament MVP after recording a career-high point total for the second straight night with 22. He added a game-high 12 boards for his second consecutive double-double. Moore, an all-tournament team selection, scored 17 and dished out 12 assists, while Werntz finished with 16. The Tigers outrebouned the Lions 41-29.
Romes earned a spot on the all-tournament team and led all scorers with 23 followed by Mitchell Goldschmidt with 14 and Michael Eirons with 11. Romes and Eirons each grabbed five rebounds with Eirons dishing out four assists..
After shooting just 37.9 percent in the first half, the Tigers hit 50 percent in the second for 43.9 percent for the contest. Mount St. Joseph finished with 45.9 percent shooting.
Colby-Sawyer took third place with a 92-80 win over Case Western Reserve. Duncan Szeliga of Colby-Sawyer and Steve Young of Case Wesern were also named to the all-tournament team.
DePauw returns to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Friday, January 4, when it hosts Sewanee at 8 p.m.Back