Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw got back in the win column Saturday, defeating Oberlin 80-76 behind a game-high 29 points from Luke Lattner.
DePauw, now winners of six of their last seven games, held a steady lead throughout after breaking free from Oberlin midway through the first half. Oberlin kept it close but could not dig out of the 37-32 halftime deficit. DePauw led the entire second half and led by as much as 10 with 14:08 remaining.
Oberlin's Jack Poyle hit a late 3-pointer to cut the DePauw lead to three with 1:43 remaining, but Jack VandeMerkt hit a jumper on the next possession to bring the DePauw lead back to five at 75-70. A missed 3-pointer on the opposite and five free throws from Lattner in the final minute sealed the game.
DePauw shot 54 percent (29-of-54) compared to Oberlin's 49 percent (31-of-63). DePauw shot 77 percent (16-of-21) from the line and 60 percent (6-of-10) from 3-point range.
Oberlin (1-13, 0-7) held a slight rebound advantage at 28-27 and committed fewer turnovers at 9-8. DePauw found success in the paint with 36 points and 12 second chance points. Oberlin outscored the DePauw bench 30-20.
DePauw improves to 9-6 overall and 5-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. They travel to Wabash on Wednesday.