Tigers Fall to Yeomen in Home Opener

Tigers Fall to Yeomen in Home Opener

Greenastle, Ind. - DePauw went without a field goal for a five-minute span of the second half as visiting Oberlin stretched a 3-point lead to 10 and held off the Tigers for a 66-58 North Coast Athletic Conference win. DePauw dropped to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC, while Oberlin improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

The Tigers led by as many as four in the first half, but Oberlin later put together a 7-0 run to grab a 30-23 advantage. Caymn Lutz hit a bucket and Nick Felke knocked in a 3-pointer to trim Oberlin's halftime lead to 32-30. 

The lead went back and forth early in the second half and DePauw's last lead came at 44-43 on Nolan Ginther's two free throws with 12:23 left. Christian Fioretti countered with a 3-point play and Eli Silverman-Lloyd added a layup to make it 48-44. 

DePauw was back within three after Felke's layup with 8:55 remaining, but the Tigers missed their next eight shots including six on one possession and hit just 1 of 4 free throws as the Yeomen pushed the lead to 59-49.

The Tigers closed to within five at 61-56 after Ginther nailed two more charity tosses, but the Yeomen connected on 5 of 6 from the line over the last 38 seconds to seal the victory.

Ginther led DePauw with a career-high 16 points, while Felke added 11 and four assists. Ginther equaled a career high with nine rebounds, while Felke's nine boards established a career best.

Silverman-Lloyd paced Oberlin with 17 points, while Fioretti and Joshua Friedkin added 14 apiece. Andre Campbell and Fioretti each had eight rebounds.

DePauw shot 34.5 percent for the game including 52.2 percent in the first half and just 21.9 percent in the second. Oberlin connected on 47.3 percent from the floor. The Tigers outrebounded the Yeomen, 41-32, and grabbed 17 on the offensive glass.

The Tigers return to action on Monday, December 17, with a 7 p.m. home game against Earlham.