DePauw Men Rally from 14-point Deficit, but #15 Wooster Too Much for the Tigers

DePauw Men Rally from 14-point Deficit, but #15 Wooster Too Much for the Tigers

January 12, 2013


Wooster, Ohio - DePauw trailed 15th-ranked Wooster by as many as 14 points before rallying to take the lead with six minutes left, but the Fighting Scots outscored the Tigers 16-6 down the stretch for a 68-58 North Coast Athletic Conference win at Timken Gymnasium.

The Tigers dropped to 9-6 overall and 2-4 in NCAC play, while Wooster improved to 12-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

DePauw got off to a cold start, missing its first five shots, and the hosts took advantage by jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 2:30. The Tigers got on the board when Adam Botts knocked down a three and later closed the gap to 11-8, but the Fighting Scots rattled off eight straight to take a 19-8 advantage.

That lead reached as many as 14 points at 26-12 and was still 12 at the intermission as Wooster led, 33-21. The Tigers shot just 22.2 percent in the first half and hit just two of 11 from three-point range.

Stretching the lead to 14 again, Wooster held a 38-24 lead with 16:40 remaining. Barry Flynn hit a pair of jumpers before Michael Wilkison nailed a three to close the gap to 38-31. The Fighting Scots hit one of two free throws to stop the run, but Wilkison came right back with a trey to make it 39-34.

Wooster's Josh Claytor responded with a layup before Pat Haggin drained a three and added a jumper with 11:29 left to trim the hosts' lead to 41-39.

The Fighting Scots scored six in a row to extend the margin to eight and still led 48-41 with 8:30 left. Haggin's jumper followed by Botts' three-pointer cut the margin to two and Haggin knotted the score at 48-48 with a bucket at the 6:27 mark.

Wooster turned the ball over on its next possession and Wilkison gave DePauw its first lead of the contest, 51-48, on a three-pointer with 5:52 remaining after Barry Flynn snagged an offensive rebound. The Fighting Scots scored the next four before Flynn hit one of two free throws to tie the contest at 52-52 at the 4:48 mark.

Kenny DeBoer's layup gave the Fighting Scots a two-point lead and Doug Thorpe's three after Jake Mays' steal pushed the lead to 57-52 with just under four minutes left. The Tigers were still within three at 59-56 after Flynn's bucket, but Thorpe's layup made it a five-point game.

The Tigers were unable to convert on their next possession and Wooster missed on its next trip down the court, but corralled the offensive  rebound. Following a timeout and with the shot clock winding down, Thorpe hit a three with 51 seconds left to essentially seal the win.

Flynn led the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Wilkison added 12 points and Connor Rich dished out four assists.

Thorpe led Wooster with 17 points, while DeBoer added 14 points and Claytor 10. DeBoer and Claytor each grabbed eight boards as the Fighting Scots held a 44-34 advantage on the glass. Xavier Brown was just 1-12 from the field, but dished out a team-high four assists.

DePauw finished with 35.0 percent shooting for the game for its second-worst performance of the season, while Wooster hist 40.7 percent. The Tigers second-half shooting improved to 45.5 percent including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. DePauw committed just eight turnovers which was its second-best showing of the campaign.

Wooster scored 10 more points from the line for the game as the Tigers got to the charity stripe for just four attempts in the second half. The Fighting Scots also outscored the Tigers in the paint, 32-10.

DePauw returns to action on Wednesday, January 16, when it hosts Denison at 6 p.m.

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