Terre Haute, Ind. – DePauw shot just 39 percent from the floor and was outrebounded by Rose-Hulman, 42-35, as the Tigers dropped a 76-67 decision to the Engineers. DePauw dropped to 2-3 on the season, while Rose-Hulman improved to 3-2.
The Engineers jumped out to a 12-2 lead and never trailed. Rose-Hulman led by as many as 17 in the opening half before the Tigers closed to within 10. The hosts took a 38-26 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Tigers trimmed the lead to nine at 56-47 before the Engineers responded with a 14-5 run to stretch the lead to 18. DePauw outscored the Engineers, 14-5, over the final 1:53 to close the final margin to nine.
Luke Lattner led DePauw with 22 points and hit all 10 of his free throws, while John Starkey notched a career high as he scored the first 14 points of his collegiate career. Jack VandeMerkt grabbed eight rebounds and Bradley Fey dished out three assists.
Matt Loesing paced Rose-Hulman with 19 points and nine boards, while Dillon Reynolds added 18 points and seven assists.
DePauw shot 39.3 percent from the floor and hit just 1-of-15 from beyond the arc, while Rose-Hulman connected on 41.0 percent from the field, but 9-of-20 from three-point range.
The Tigers committed just nine turnovers to Rose-Hulman’s 10, but the Engineers held a 13-6 edge in points off those turnovers.
DePauw opens North Coast Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, December 2, when it hosts Denison at 8 p.m.