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Tigers Make it Four Straight with Double Overtime Win at Hiram

January 5, 2014

Box Score

Hiram, Ohio - Pat Haggin matched a career high with 26 points and Tommy Fernitz posted his fourth straight double-double to lead DePauw to a 90-89 double overtime win at Hiram. The Tigers improved to 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference with its fourth straight win, while the Terriers dropped to 3-9 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC.

Hiram led most of the first half and took a 41-37 lead into the intermission. The Terriers hit the first bucket of the second half to match their largest lead of the game. The hosts still led 49-44, but Haggin hit a three and a jumper to knot the score at 49-49.

The Tigers later used a 6-0 run to gain a four-point lead, but the Terriers responded with a 9-2 stretch to regain the lead by three. DePauw's last field goal of regulation came at 4:48 as Haggin buried a three to give the Tigers a 73-70 lead.

Hiram hit two free throws with 3:59 left and Josh Edmundson's jumper with 3:04 remaining put the hosts in front, 74-73. Neither team scored until Fernitz hit the first of two free throws to even the score at 74-74. 

Hiram rebounded, but a turnover after a timeout gave the Tigers the ball. Michael Wilkison's three at the buzzer was off the mark and the teams headed to overtime.

Neither team led by more than two in the first overtime and Wilkison couldn't connect on a jumper with one second left putting the Tigers in their second double-overtime contest in the last three games.

Hiram led by as many as three in the second overtime, but Haggin's three with 3:01 left tied the game at 87-87. Aaron Stefanov followed with a layup with 2:39 left to put the Terriers ahead, but Haggin delivered another three with 2:08 left which would be the final points of the game.

Hiram had two chances in the final 15 seconds, but couldn't convert and the Tigers held on for the win.

Haggin hit 10 of 18 from the floor including 5-8 from three-point range. Fernitz finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds and over the last four games is averaging 18.3 points and 15.3 boards per game. Bob Dillon scored 10 first-half points to match the career high he established on Saturday.

Stefanov led Hiram with 40 points and hit 16 of 22 from the floor, while Chris Zurowski added 10.

Wilkison and Frank Patton III each dished out five assists with Patton totaling three steals. Stefanov and Auten Rekolt each handed out six assists for the Terriers.

DePauw shot 47.9 percent from the floor and knocked in 10 of 23 from beyond the arc. Hiram hit 57.8 percent for the game after shooting 63 percent in the opening half.

The Tigers travel to Kenyon on Saturday, January 11, for a 3 p.m. NCAC contest.

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