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Poor Shooting Dooms Tigers

December 7, 2013

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Wooster, Ohio- The 24th-ranked DePauw men’s basketball team was on the road Saturday afternoon against No. 3 Wooster in North Coast Athletic Conference action. After a back and forth battle in the first half, the Fighting Scots took control in the second half and defeated the Tigers by a final score of 64-48.

With the loss DePauw dropped to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the NCAC, while Wooster improved to 6-0 on the year and 3-0 in NCAC play.

The Fighting Scots opened the game on a 14-4 run capitalizing on free throw opportunities going 7-8 during the stretch. DePauw was able to counter with their own 10-0 run starting at the 13:16 mark in the first half. Tied 19-19 with seven minutes remaining, Wooster seized the momentum closing out the half on a 15-2 run and taking a 34-21 lead heading into halftime.

Neither team could find any offensive rhythm opening the second half until the 14:22 mark when Wooster went on an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 46-27. The Tigers had opportunities to chip away at the deficit especially from the charity stripe as they were in the bonus for the final 13 minutes and the double bonus for the final nine minutes. However, DePauw was plagued by poor shooting and could never mount a comeback shooting just 26.9 percent from the floor in the second half.

DePauw was led by Pat Haggin with 13 points and five rebounds. Tommy Fernitz totaled 11 points and Michael Wilkison added 10 points in the loss. Fernitz had a team-high nine rebounds for the Tigers.

Dan Fanelly had a pair of game-highs with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Wooster. Doug Thorpe added 13 points and Xavier Brown dropped in 10 for the victors.

The Tigers were plagued by poor shooting going 16-55 (29.1%) from the floor and a dismal 8.7 percent (2-23) from three point land. Additionally, DePauw committed 12 turnovers to just five assists in the contest and were outrebounded by Wooster 43-36. The Tigers’ shooting woes were consistent throughout as they went just 14-22 (63.6%) from the free throw line.

DePauw will look to get back in the win column when they return home Wednesday, December 11, to take on Rose-Hulman. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 

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