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DePauw's Late Rally Falls Short

DePauw's Late Rally Falls Short

February 2, 2013


BY3R1674Gambier, Ohio - Groundhog Day has its own meaning for the DePauw men's basketball team and today it was the repeating storyline as the Tigers lost another close one, 66-65, at Kenyon.

The Tigers slipped to 13-8 overall and 6-6 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while the Lords improved to 12-9 and matched DePauw's 6-6 NCAC mark.

Five of DePauw's six NCAC losses this year and four of the nine last year were by four or fewer points.

However, for the second straight Saturday the Tigers rallied from a double-digit deficit late in the game.

Kenyon took a 56-45 lead on Brien Comey's jumper with 5:21 left and still held a six-point edge (63-57) after Jonathan Amador knocked in a three with 1:27 left.

DePauw's Michael Wilkison nailed a three-pointer just nine seconds later and Barry Flynn recorded a steal and cut the deficit to one on a layup with 41 seconds remaining. Flynn was fouled on the play, but the Tigers committed a lane violation on the free throw attempt.

Kenyon's Ikenna Nwadibia connected on the first of two free throws with 40 seconds left and the Tigers rebounded the second. DePauw got the ball to Flynn who scored on a layup and converted a free throw for a 65-64 lead with 22 seconds left.

The Lords called a timeout with eight seconds remaining and Nwadibia scored the game-winning layup with less than four seconds left. DePauw took a timeout, but the Tigers were called for traveling shortly after the inbounds pass.

The ending nearly mirrored last year's one-point DePauw win at Kenyon except that the Lords missed the final shot.

DePauw held as much as a five-point lead in the first half and took a 28-27 advantage into the halftime. The Lords built a 10-point lead, but Pat Haggin (pictured) hit a trio of three-pointers in a two-minute stretch to trim the margin to three.

For the second straight game, Haggin posted a career high as he and Flynn each scored 14. Connor Rich added 13 and Tommy Fernitz 11. Fernitz led the way with five rebounds and Adam Botts had three steals.

Nwadibia posted a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds with 20 points and nine boards in the second half alone. Amador followed with 18 and hit four-of-five three-pointers. He also added four steals.

DePauw travels to Denison on Wednesday, February 6, for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

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