Tigers knock off Southwestern, 74-71

Tigers knock off Southwestern, 74-71

January 16, 2005


January 16, 2005, Georgetown, Texas - Alex Stewart scored the Tigers' final 16 points as DePauw knocked off Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference-leading Southwestern, 74-71. The Tigers improved to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the SCAC, while the Pirates dropped to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

Stewart finished with 22 points including 20 in the second half and his biggest bucket came with 18 seconds remaining. With the shot clock winding down, he buried his fourth three-pointer of the half to push the Tigers' lead to 74-69.

Southwestern missed two chances to cut the gap to three and Steve Schott grabed a rebound with eight seconds left. The Tigers missed four free throws in the final six seconds, but the Pirates could only manage a basket by Robert Cates with four-tenths of a second left.

Southwestern opened the contest by scoring the first five points before DePauw scored seven stright to take a 7-5 lead. The Tigers built as much as a 10-point lead at 28-18 before the Pirates closed the gap to 32-29 at halftime.

DePauw opened the second half by scoring the first nine points to take their biggest lead of the game at 41-29 with 18:10 left.

The Tigers still led 52-41 after Schott hit two free throws with 12:27 remaining, but the Pirates rallied with a 13-1 run to take their only lead of the game at 54-53 with 8:00 minutes left. Reid Sakel hit a three-pointer and Austin Brown a layup before Stewart hit two free throws and a three-pointer to push the margin back to 63-54 with 6:00 remaining.

Southwestern closed to within two at 71-69 on Aaron Bowser's three with 1:40 remaining before Stewart delivered his final trey.

Brown and Schott each added 14 points for the Tigers with Brown scoring 12 in the first half including a stretch of 10 straight. Schott paced DePauw with seven rebounds.

Bowser paced Southwestern with 20 points with Jamonn Little adding 17 and Cates finishing with 14 and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Tigers shot 52 percent from the floor including 56 percent in the second half, while holding the Pirates to just 42 percent from the field for the contest.

DePauw returns to action on Friday, January 21, when it hosts Rhodes at 6 p.m. Southwestern hosts Sewanee on Friday.