Springfield, Ohio – What a difference a year makes.
The DePauw men’s basketball team got a big road victory on Wednesday defeating Wittenberg 58-54 for their first win in the North Coast Athletic Conference this season. It was a different story last year when they traveled to Springfield and were on the wrong side of an 85-53 outcome.
But on Wednesday DePauw held Wittenberg to a season-low in points and field goal percentage (35 percent).
Luke Lattner scored a game-high 19 points thanks to a 12-of-13 performance from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds and a career-high five assists.
Jack VandeMerkt was two points shy of a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds. Nate Jahn scored a career-high 12 points, and Cris Burrough added 10.
DePauw (3-4, 1-1) started off strong with an 11-6 lead five minutes into the game, but Wittenberg (4-2, 1-1) was able to tie it at 13 midway through the half. DePauw pulled back ahead before halftime at 24-23.
In the second half, Wittenberg held a 47-42 lead with 7:30 remaining, but DePauw fought back and took a 52-50 lead following a Burrough 3-pointer with 3:13 left.
Wittenberg tied it at 52-52 before Jahn hit two free throws to put DePauw ahead for good with 1:45 on the clock. DePauw finished the game 6-of-8 from the line in the final 1:45 to take the victory.
DePauw outrebounded Wittenberg 32-28. Both teams scored 14 points in the paint in a game that had 10 lead changes and six ties.
DePauw now holds a 12-11 all-time record in the series. The men travel to Wooster on Saturday.