DePauw Loses Lead at Centre; Gray Breaks Career Blocked Shots Record
January 3, 2010
January 3, 2010, Danville, Ky. — DePauw led by as many as 11 in the second half, but host Centre rallied for a 65-61 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over the Tigers.
DePauw dropped to 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference, while the Colonels improved to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the SCAC.
The Tigers trailed 24-23 after Centre's Kyle Binder scored on a layup, but David Gray's layup followed by a pair of threes from Steve Lemasters (left) gave DePauw a 31-24 lead with 3:22 left in the half. The Tigers took a 36-27 lead to the intermission on the strength of 52 percent shooting from the field.
DePauw's lead reached 11 several times in the second half with the last coming on Lemasters' three-point play with 13:11 remaining. The Tigers still held a 54-46 advantage after Ross Simpson's layup midway through the half.
Jeff Mullaney hit a three before Josh Crawford hit two free throws and a layup to close the Tigers' lead to 54-53. Alex Lloyd knocked in a pair of free throws and Crawford hit a jumper to give Centre a 57-54 lead with 5:15 left. During the 11-0 run, the Tigers missed four shots and committed a turnover.
The Colonels extended the margin to 61-56 on Mullaney's basket but Tom Callen hit two free throws and Sean Haseley nailed a three after a Centre missed three-pointer to tie the contest at 61-61 with 2:06 left.
Mullaney answered with a bucket to put the Colonels ahead, 63-61, and Lloyd blocked Callen's shot on the other end. Bryon Ellis made a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left to push the lead to 65-61. Haseley missed a three-pointer and the Tigers committed a turnover on the effort to grabbed the offensive rebound. Centre was able to run out the game's final five seconds.
Lemasters led the Tigers with 17 points, with Haseley adding 10 points and seven rebounds. He shared the team's rebounding lead with Callen. Gray (right) blocked five shots which pushed his career total to 89 and broke the DePauw career record of 88 held by Jim Giesen (1991-95).
Mullaney paced Centre with 21 points including 17 in the second half, while Danny Noll added 18 and Crawford 12. Lloyd hauled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
DePauw shot just 36 percent in the second half and 44 percent for the game. The Tigers hit just 2-of-11 three-pointers over the final 20 minutes after knocking in 5-of-8 in the first half.
Centre shot 39.3 percent for the game and 43.3 percent in the second half and committed just six turnovers in the game to DePauw's 10. The Colonels also held a 37-31 edge on the boards and snagged 18 offensive rebounds.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, January 8, when they host Sewanee at 8 p.m.