Putback Gives Elmhurst Win over DePauw

Putback Gives Elmhurst Win over DePauw

December 29, 2010


December 29, 2010, Elmhurst, Ill. —  Nick Sanford's putback with three seconds left gave host Elmhurst a 61-59 win over DePauw in the second game of the Bluejay Classic. Following a timeout, the Tigers had one more chance, but Tommy Weakley's jumper was off the mark.

DePauw dropped to 6-4 and faces Calvin in tomorrow's 5:30 p.m. CST third-place game. Elmhurst improved to 5-5 and takes on Benedictine (Ill.) in the 8 p.m. CST championship game.

The teams battled through a tight first half with DePauw taking a 30-27 lead into the intermission. Joe Bergfeld's layup and Sean Haseley's three gave the Tigers a 35-27 lead with 18:47 left. DePauw still held a 40-33 lead before the Bluejays scored seven straight to even the score.

Elmhurst built a five-point lead at 57-52 with just 2:35 remaining and still held a 59-54 advantage with just under a minute to play until Weakley was fouled while attempting a three-pointer. Weakley made all three charity tosses to close the gap to 59-57.

The Bluejays missed on its next possession, but DePauw was whistled for a foul on the rebound. The Bluejays missed the free throw and Haseley hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to even the score at 59-59.

Mike McCurdy's shot was off the mark, but Sanford was there for the rebound and eventual game-winning bucket.

Haseley and Joe Bergfeld each scored 15 for the Tigers, while Weakley added 12. Bergfeld grabbed a team-high four rebounds and Ross Simpson dished out four assists.

Sean Fendley and Steve Crane each scored 10 or Elmhurst, while Sanford grabbed six rebounds. McCurdy had three assists and four steals.

DePauw shot 53.8 percent from the field to Elmhurst's 41.8 percent, but committed 17 turnovers to the Bluejays' seven. Elmhurst held a 26-6 edge in points off of turnovers.

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