Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw led after the first 20 minutes of action but could not hold on in a 70-62 loss to No. 23 Denison on Wednesday.
It was not a good start for DePauw, falling behind 7-0 in the opening three minutes. However, they never let Denison’s lead reach double figures, and a Luke Lattner 3-pointer as time expired gave the Tigers a 34-32 lead at halftime.
That lead was gone in under two minutes into the second half as Matthew Bauer hit two of his game-high six 3-pointers in a 1:06 span to give the Big Red a 38-36 lead. Lattner then put DePauw back up front 42-41 at 15:14, but that would be the last time they would hold the advantage.
Denison held a slim lead for the remainder of the game. It was a two possession game 68-53 at 3:44 and again a 1:25 and 0:59 but the six-point span was as close as DePauw would get.
Bauer led all scorers and finished with a double-double at 20 points and 11 rebound. Lattner led DePauw with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The DePauw bench rose to the occasion, outscoring Denison 32-20. Cris Burrough led the effort with nine points and six rebounds. Andrew Kus, Ethan Jarrett and James Clarke each scored seven points.
DePauw was outrebounded 42-31 and 14-9 on the offensive glass. The Tigers shot 38 percent (22-of-58), 29 percent from range (8-of-28) and 63 percent (10-of-16) from the foul line. Denison countered with 40 percent shooting, 38 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent at the charity stripe.
The Tigers drop to 9-13 overall and 5-10 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Denison improves to 18-4 overall and 12-3 in the NCAC.
DePauw travels to Kenyon on Saturday.