Tigers Close Game with 20-7 Run to Defeat Hiram

Tigers Close Game with 20-7 Run to Defeat Hiram

Greencastle, Ind. -- DePauw used a late run and finished off their back-to-back home stand with a 79-67 win over Hiram on Saturday.

With their second straight win DePauw moves to 9-12 overall and 5-9 in conference play. Hiram drops to 12-9 overall and 8-6 in NCAC games.

The final score may not reflect it, but this was a game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties.

When Hiram took a 58-56 lead with 8:47 remaining, Luke Steinhart answered with a 3-pointer on the other end. When Hiram retook the lead at 60-59, Mason Hankins answered with a 3-pointer on the other end.

Including Hankins' 3-pointer, which gave DePauw the lead for good, the Tigers closed the final eight minutes of the game on a 20-7 run. They went 12-of-12 from the foul line in that stretch and finished the game converting 23-of-25 attempts (92 percent).

Overall, DePauw shot 44 percent (24-of-55) from the floor and 38 percent (8-of-21) from 3-point range. Hiram shot 44 percent (27-of-62) from the floor as well, 20 percent (4-of-20) from range and 64 percent (9-of-14) from the charity stripe.

Hiram held the advantage in rebounds 34-32, points in the paint 40-28, points off turnovers 15-14 and second chance points 16-7. However, DePauw's bench outscored the Terriers' 43-25. DePauw held a 41-37 lead at intermission.

Three bench players reached double figures including Ken Decker who scored a team-high 13 points, all of which came in the first half. Andrew Kus scored 11 and Nolan Ginther added a career-high 10.

Hankins rounded out the bench scoring with nine crucial second half points.

Josh Hall added 12 points, and Jack VandeMerkt scored nine points, but foul trouble limited him to just 11 minutes.

Sherman Dean III led Hiram and the game with 16 points.

DePauw will be in action Wednesday when they host Denison in a men/women doubleheader starting at 6 p.m.