Tigers' rally falls short in three-point loss at Millsaps

Tigers' rally falls short in three-point loss at Millsaps

February 13, 2005


February 13, 2005, Jackson, Miss. - DePauw battled back from as much as a 15-point second-half deficit to take a lead with less than five minutes left, but host Millsaps held on for a 67-64 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory.

DePauw dropped to 11-11 overall and 5-7 in the SCAC following its fifth straight defeat, while Millsaps improved to 9-13 overall and 6-6 in the conference.

The Tigers led for most of the first half before the Majors scored 11 straight to take a 33-25 advantage with 2:20 remaining and a 36-28 lead at the intermission. Millsaps scored the first seven points of the second half to take its largest lead of 15 points at 43-28.

Millsaps still held a 47-32 lead with 14:37 left before the Tigers started to gradually close the gap. An 11-1 DePauw run trimmed Millsaps' lead to 48-43 with 12:31 remaining.

The Tigers took their only lead of the half at 55-54 on Austin Brown's layup  with 5:27 left which capped seven straight points by the DePauw sophomore.

Brown hit two free throws with 1:02 left to close Millsaps lead to 61-60. After the Tigers took a charge on the defensive end, they had a chance to take the lead on Steve Schott's tip-in, but he was whistled for his fifth foul on the play.

Rodney Rogan hit both free throws to make it 63-60 with 28 seconds remaining. Joey Hanger's layup with 16 seconds left closed the margin to 63-62, but Tyler Warren knocked down a pair of free throws with 15.6 seconds remaining to push the lead back to three.

Alex Stewart missed a potential game-tying three-pointer, but Todd Capes' put-back with 2.3 seconds left again closed the Millsaps lead to one at 65-64. The Majors' Deonte Oscar hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to make it 67-64. The Tigers were unable to get a shot off after a long heave on the ensuing inbounds play.

Capes led the Tigers with 16 points, while Brown added 15. Schott posted a double-double with 12 points and a career-best 15 rebounds and Reid Sakel added 10.

Rogan paced the Majors with 18 points followed by Sandro Norris with 13, Carr Van Brocklin with 12 and Warren with 11.

The Tigers held a commanding 41-17 advantage on the boards, but committed 19 turnovers which the Majors converted into 21 points.

DePauw hosts Trinity on Friday at 8 p.m.