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Tigers Complete Weekend Road Sweep with win at Trinity

February 2, 2008

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February 2, 2008, San Antonio, Texas - DePauw trailed by as many as 11 early in the second half but battled back for a 70-68 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win at Trinity.

With the win, DePauw improved to 16-4 overall and 8-2 in the SCAC and extended its season-long win streak to six. Trinity dropped to 13-6 overall and 6-4 in the SCAC. 

The Tigers had to survive a possible game-winning three by the hosts as DePauw missed the front end of a one-and-one with 14 seconds left.Trinity rebounded and got the ball in the hands of Patrick Robinson and his three as the buzzer sounded was long.

Trinity jumped out to an early lead and extended it to as much as 12 midway through the first half before DePauw closed the gap to 38-31 at halftime. Early in the second half, Trinity scored six straight to take a 44-33 lead, but DePauw countered with a Ryan Werntz jumper and three-pointers from Steve Lemasters and Mike Moore to close the lead to three.

DePauw took its first lead of the second half at 50-48 on a Tony James jumper with 10:12 left before  Trinity put together a 12-5 stretch to gain a 60-55 advantage wit six minutes remaining.

Brian Oilar's three and James' steal and layup knotted the score at 60-60 with just over five minutes left.

Lemasters hit a three with 2:15 left which gave DePauw its biggest lead of the game at 68-64. Trinity closed the gap to 68-7 after Charles Houston hit a pair of free throws, but Lemasters matched that with two charity tosses with 24 seconds remaining.

Werntz paced DePauw with a career-high 21 points as he hit 5-of-7 three-pointers. Moore added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Stephen Schott and Lemasters each scored 10.

Houston paced Trinity with 18, while Moon added 16 and Robinson followed with 10. Mike Gilb and Nick Polidoroff each grabbed six rebounds as Trinity held a 34-25 edge on the boards.

DePauw shot 53.1 percent for the game and held Trinity to just 42.3 percent including only 30.8 percent in the second half.

The Tigers return home on Friday, February 8, when they face Rhodes at 8 p.m.

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