Tigers improve to 4-1 with win over Little Giants

Tigers improve to 4-1 with win over Little Giants

November 28, 2006


DSC_1269.jpgNovember 28, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Five Tigers scored in double figures as DePauw extended its win streak to three with a 92-82 win over visiting Wabash. DePauw improved to 4-1 with the win, while the Little Giants slipped to 1-3.

The teams battled through a tight first half that included eight ties before DePauw scored the final nine points of the half to take a 47-38 lead into the break. Tony James started the run with a three before Austin Brown (pictured) hit a layup and jumper and Matt McDonald added a layup.

DePauw extended the lead to as many as 16 at 81-65 after Brown's jumper with 6:01 left capped a 5-0 run. Wabash rallied, however, as Brian Maloney hit two free throws, Gary Simkus knocked down a pair of jumpers and a free throw and Andrew Zimmer followed with a layup with 2:46 left that wrapped up a 9-0 stretch and closed the Tigers' lead to 81-74.

Brown nailed a trey following a DePauw timeout and the Little Giants got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Brown led the Tigers with 22 points, while Stephen Schott added 18. Tony James notched a collegiate best 14 with Mike Moore adding 12 and Reid Sakel scoring 11. Brown hauled down a game-high eight rebounds as DePauw held a 35-32 edge on the boards. Moore dished out six assists and James totaled five.

Zimmer paced Wabash with 22 followed by Simkus with 15, Chase Haltom with 13 and Aaron Brock with 12. Zimmer led the Little Giants with seven rebounds and Simkus dished out four assists.

DePauw shot 54.1 percent from the floor including 59.4 percent in the first half, while the Little Giants connected on 45.5 percent for the contest.

With the win, the Tigers improved their lead in the all-time series to 113-73-1 and notched their 19th victory in 23 tries against Wabash since moving into the Lilly Center in February 1982.

DePauw, the defending Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference champions and the preseason pick to win the conference, opens conference play on Saturday against Centre at 3 p.m.