Tiger Men Open Season with Win over Bluffton
November 20, 2009
November 20, 2009, Albion, Mich. — DePauw trailed by as many as seven early in the second half, but rallied for a 50-45 win over Bluffton in the opening game of the Albion College Basketball Classic.
The Tigers improved to 1-0, while the Beavers dropped to 0-2. DePauw faces Albion in Saturday's 4 p.m. championship game. The Britons topped Edgewood, 71-60, in tonight's second game.
DePauw opened the game with seven straight points in the opening two minutes, but Bluffton scored the next 11 in taking an 11-7 lead midway through the first half. The Tigers regained the lead at 15-11 with just over four minutes remaining, but the Beavers scored the final nine of the half to take a 20-15 halftime lead.
That margin reached seven with the last coming at 30-23 with just over 12 minutes left. Tommy Weakley hit a three before Ross Simpson scored on a layup and Sean Haseley added a three-point play to cap an 8-0 run and give the Tigers a 31-30 advantage.
DePauw pushed the lead back to five before the Beavers closed the gap to one with 17 seconds left. Drew Wills rebounded a DePauw missed free throw with 14 seconds left and the Tigers knocked in four free throws in the final 11 seconds.
Steve Lemasters led DePauw with 13 points, while Haseley added 10. Brent Farley paced Bluffton with 15 points and Nick Lee added 10.
The Tigers held a 40-30 edge on the boards as Haseley grabbed seven. Farley and Lee each had seven for the Beavers. DePauw shot 32.3 percent for the game after shooting just 19.4 percent in the first half. Bluffton connected on 45.5 percent, but committed 16 turnovers to DePauw's eight.