DePauw tops Ohio Wesleyan and wins Rokicki Challenge

DePauw tops Ohio Wesleyan and wins Rokicki Challenge

November 26, 2006

DePauw-Ohio Wesleyan Box | Illinois Wesleyan-Judson Box

November 26, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw used a 14-1 second-half run to extend its lead to 69-52 on the way to an 85-79 victory over Ohio Wesleyan in the Mike Rokicki Community Versus Cancer Challenge championship game. DePauw improved to 3-1 with the win, while the Battling Bishops dropped to 4-1. 

In a first half that included DePauw shooting nearly 70 percent from the floor and Ohio Wesleyan hitting just over 60 percent, the Tigers took a 46-42 halftime lead. The Battling Bishops closed to within one on a couple of occasions early in the second half before DePauw started a 21-5 run over a seven-minute stretch that pushed the lead to 17.

DePauw still led by 15 with just under eight minutes to play, but Ohio Wesleyan scored eight straight to close to within seven. The Bishops got no closer than five the rest of the way.

Austin Brown led the Tigers with a career-high 23 points and was named the tournament's most valuable player. Mike Moore followed with 15 and Ryan Werntz added 14. Stephen Schott led the way with eight rebounds and added nine points on the way to earning a spot on the all-tournament team.

Kyle Holliday paced Ohio Wesleyan with 18 points followed by Matt Shirer and Ben Chojnacki with 15 apiece. Chojnacki grabbed a team-high seven rebounds was also named to the all-tournament squad.

DePauw shot 55.3 percent for the game, while Ohio Wesleyan connected on 54.9 percent. Each team hit 10 of 20 three-pointers, but the Tigers hit 23 of 32 free throws to the Bishops' 13 of 20.

Illinois Wesleyan scored the final 12 points of the first half and opened the second half with a 12-4 run on the way to a 92-50 win over Judson in the third-place game. Zach Freeman led the Titans with 29 points and 16 rebounds after hitting all 11 field goal attempts. Anthony Cawthon paced Judson with 15 points. Freeman and Judson's Justen Boyd earned spots on the all-tournament team.