Tigers' Late Rally Falls Short in SCAC Opener
December 5, 2008
December 5, 2008, Atlanta, Ga. — Visiting DePauw trimmed a 13-point deficit to two in the final minute, but Oglethorpe held on for a 67-63 victory in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both schools. The Tigers dropped to 3-3, while the Stormy Petrels improved to 6-1.
DePauw jumped out to a 13- 4 lead after scoring nine straight midway through the half and eventually led by as many as 12 on three occasions before going to the break with a 27-18 lead.
The Tigers still held a 36-30 advantage after Mike Moore knocked down a three with 13:30 left in the contest, but Oglethorpe's Joe Kennedy nailed back-to-back threes and two free throws to give the Stormy Petrels their first lead, 38-36, with 11:43 left.
Tommy Weakley stopped the run, temporarily, with a trey, but Kennedy hit another three and two free throws to wrap up a stretch where he scored 13 straight. Erik Strong then added a layup and David Allisonm buried a three to give the hosts a 48-39 lead with just under 10 minutes left.
That lead reached as many as 13 at 54-41 on Todd Ward's layup with 6:48 left. The Tigers still trailed 60-50 with just less than four minutes left before Tom Callen scored a bucket and Weakley hit a three. Callen wrapped up the 7-0 run with two free throws with 1:10 left to make it 60-57.
Kennedy's two free throws with 57 seconds left pushed the margin back to five, while Moore closed the gap to 62-60 with a three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining. Oglethorpe failed to convert but Alex Richey was fouled on the offensive rebounds and hit both free throws with 16 seconds left to make it 64-60.
Moore then missed a three and Ward rebounded and hit two free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining. Lemasters knocked in a three with 1.6 seconds left, but Kennedy hit one free throw with one-tenth of a second remaining to seal the win.
Callen paced DePauw with a career-high 20, while Moore added 14. Wills grabbed six rebounds, while Moore and Tony James each dished out six assists.
Kennedy paced the Stormy Petrels with 20, while Allison added 15 and Ward collected a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kennedy and Allison each had four assists.
Oglethorpe shot 43.9 percent from the floor for the game including 57.1 percent in the second half, while DePauw connected on 39.7 percent from the floor but just 9-of-38 three-pointers. The 38 three-point attempts broke the school record of 36 set in 2000 against Wabash.
DePauw travels to Sewanee for a Noon contest on Sunday.