Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw University men's basketball team drops its home opener 80-73 to the Franklin College Grizzlies.
With games dating back as early as 1908, the DePauw Tigers and Franklin Grizzlies met for the 122nd time in Neal Fieldhouse. Franklin stepped onto the court with a chip on its shoulder after losing to DePauw 87-85 last season, determining the pace from the very start.
Playing on its heels in the opening minutes of the game, the Tigers found itself down by five, early in the first half.
Fortunately for DePauw, the scoring efforts by Nolan Ginther, Josh Hall, Nick Felke, and Elijah Hales kept them on top throughout the first half, pulling ahead by seven following an eight-point run in the first 10 minutes of the half. Despite shooting 7-11 at the arc, the Tigers, however, struggled to contain the Grizzlies on the other end, resulting in a tied game at the half.
With four Tigers in double digits, DePauw showed its offensive ability, however, its inconsistency in the paint and lack of second chance opportunities would ultimately hinder DePauw's chances of closing an 11 point deficit in the second half.
The Tigers finished the game with a shooting percentage of 47 percent and put the Grizzlies on the line 13 times, while only making three of its six attempts at the line. Such disparities in free-throws and finishes impacted DePauw when the time was not on its side.
The Grizzlies ran down the clock and extended its lead to three possessions with a couple of late free-throws to hand the Tigers its first loss of the season.
DePauw looks to bounce back this Friday as it takes on Rose-Hulman in its second home game of the season. Game time is set for 7 p.m.