Tigers Win Rokicki Title; Moore Named MVP
November 25, 2007
November 25, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw improved to 4-0 and won its 18th straight home game in capturing the Mike Rokicki Community Versus Cancer Challenge with an 81-67 win over the University of Chicago. Transylvania took third place with an 89-81 overtime win over Marian (Ind.).
DePauw built an early 12-point lead and still led 26-14 afer Mike Moore's two free throws with 5:10 left in the opening half.
Matt Corning and John Kinsella each hit two free throws before Corning and John Bonelli each hit threes and Corning added two layups to cap a 14-0 run and give the Maroons a 28-26 lead with 19 seconds left. Moore's three-pointer near the end of the half sent the Tigers to the intermission with a 29-28 advantage.
The Tigers eventually pushed the lead back to double digits before Chicago closed to with five at 67-62 with less than six minutes left. Moore hit two free throws and Tony James buried a three to push the margin to 72-62 with just under four minutes remaining.
Corning hit a three, but Brian Oilar matched that and made it 75-65 with 3:04 left. Corning's two free throws with 2:44 left cut the DePauw lead to eight, but Stephen Schott hit one free throw and Moore added two before Ryan Werntz nailed a three with 39 seconds left to secure the win.
Moore, the tournament MVP, led the Tigers with 19 points and 10 assists and grabbed six rebounds. Schott also earned a spot on the all-tournament team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Oilar followed with 14 points.
Corning was named to the all-tournament team and led all scorers with 26, while Jake Pancratz followed with 12 points. Nate Hainje led the way with six rebounds.
DePauw shot 54.2 percent for the game including 69.6 in the second half. The Tigers also knocked down 13 of 22 three-point attempts including 9 of 12 in the second half. Chicago shot 38.8 percent for the game and DePauw held a 31-21 edge on the boards.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, December 1, when they open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Centre. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
In the third place game, Transylvania outscored Marian 13-5 in the extra session in picking up the win and improving to 2-2. Marian dropped to 4-2 with the loss.
Transylvania led by as many as 12 in the first half and took a 45-35 lead into halftime. The Pioneers pushed the margin back to 50-38 early in the second half before Marian scored seven straight to start a 31-8 run which lifted the Knights to a 69-58 lead with 7:33 left.
Marian put together a 13-2 run and tied the contest at 71-71 on Tim Tierney's three-pointer with 2:51 remaining in regulation. The Knights led 76-73 after Anthony Furlin's two free throws with 1:21 remaining, but Tierney sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer with 1:07 remaining.
The Pioneers led, 80-79, with two minutes left in overtime before scoring the next nine points and pushing the margin to 10.
Tierney paced Transylvania with 25 points and eight assists, while all-tournament team selection Joey Verax added 19. Aaron Cash followed with 17 and Matthew Parton added 12 followed by Blake McCowan with 10. Tierney and McCowan each had seven rebounds as the Pioneers held a 33-31 edge on the boards.
Anthony Furlin led Marian with 22, while Jordan Tucker added 17 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Heath Chamberlain added 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while J.R. Howell followed with 10.