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Late Oglethorpe Run Sends Tigers to Defeat

February 14, 2010

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Weakley_Tommy_200910mbb.jpgFebruary 14, 2010, Atlanta, Ga. —  Oglethorpe's Todd Ward scored his team's final 11 points including the last seven which broke a 70-70 tie and gave the Stormy Petrels a 77-70 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over DePauw.

DePauw dropped to 16-7 overall and 9-5 in the SCAC, while Oglethorpe improved to 13-10 overall and 8-7 in conference play.

The Tigers' David Gray tied the game at 70-70 with a layup with just 55 seconds left, but Ward's tip-in and free throw after two Oglethorpe misses gave the Stormy Petrels a 73-70 advantage. DePauw turned the ball over on their next possession and Ward again converted a three-point play with 13 seconds remaining. Ward added a free throw in the final second for the seven-point margin.

Oglethorpe took a seven-point lead in the opening five minutes of the contest, but DePauw used a 13-1 run to take a 21-16 advantage with 11:31 left in the first half. The Tigers' biggest lead was eight on a couple of occasions and they still held a 40-36 halftime lead after Oglethorpe's Alex Richey nailed a three at the conclusion of the half.

The second half was a tight one with 11 ties and seven lead changes. After Wade Weldon's three-point play in the opening two minutes drew the Stormy Petrels to within one, neither team held more than a two-point lead until Oglethorpe's Joe Kennedy scored with 4:32 left to extend the Petrels' lead to 63-60.

The hosts took another three-point lead at 66-63 after Weldon's layup with 3:16 left. Sean Haseley hit a three to tie the score with 2:40 left before Ward answered with 2:17 remaining.

DePauw's Tony James knotted the score at 68-68 with a bucket at 1:43, but Ward gave Oglethorpe a 70-68 advantage with a jumper with 1:23 left. The Tigers' final points came in the next possession after Gray's bucket tied the game. That set up the 7-0 Oglethorpe run which put the game away.

Tommy Weakley (pictured) matched a career high with 14 points and nailed four three-pointers. Tony James added 12 points and three steals, while Steve Lemasters followed with 11 and knocked in three three-pointers. Lemasters and Tom Callen each hauled down five rebounds as DePauw held a 33-26 edge on the boards.

Ward paced Oglethorpe with 21 points including 16 in the second half with Richey adding 13 and Erik Strong 11. Welson and Strong each grabbed four rebounds.

The Tigers shot 48.1 percent from the field to Oglethorpe's 49.1 percent, but the Stormy Petrels hit 59.1 percent in the second half. Despite the seven-rebound edge, DePauw trailed in second-chance points, 16-9.

DePauw hosts Rhodes on Friday, February 19, at 8 p.m.

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