Tigers fall to Chicago in Midway Classic title game

Tigers fall to Chicago in Midway Classic title game

November 19, 2006


November 19, 2006, Chicago, Ill. - Host Chicago scored nine straight points midway through the second half to expand a two-point lead to 11 on the way to a 79-71 win over DePauw in the Midway Classic championship game. DePauw dropped to 1-1 on the season, while the Maroons improved to 2-0.

The Tigers jumped out to an early six-point lead, but the Maroons rallied to take a 43-40 halftime lead. DePauw tied the contest on a couple of occasions in the early stages of the second half and trailed by just two at 56-54 after Stephen Schott's jumper with 13:34 remaining.

Nate Hainje scored a layup with 12:13 left and Drew Adams knocked down a three before Jesse Meyer and Tim Reynolds each added buckets to push the margin to 65-54 with just under eight minutes remaining. The Tigers were scoreless over a six-minute stretch with five missed field goals and a turnover. DePauw closed to within six in the closing minute, but the Maroons held on for the win.

Schott paced the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Austin Brown added 14 points. Matt McDonald chipped in 12 followed by Mike Moore with 11 and Tony James 10.

Brandon Woodhead led Chicago with 19 points followed by Jesse Meyer with 13 and Hainje and Reynolds with 10 apiece. Reynolds hauled down eight rebounds and, along with Woodhead, dished out five assists.

Schott and McDonald were among the six players named to the all-tournament team.

DePauw returns to action on Friday, November 24, when it host Judson at 6 p.m. in the first game of the Mike Rokicki Community Versus Cancer Challenge. Ohio Wesleyan and Illinois Wesleyan tip off at 8 p.m.