Chicago, Ill.- The DePauw University men's basketball fall 84-66 to the No. 15 University of St. Thomas, in the Midway Classic Championship game.
The Tigers opened the matchup with a 7-0 run, led by Josh Hall, who played well on both ends of the court. DePauw held the lead for the first 10 minutes of the first half, however, in the final nine minutes of the half, the Tommies began to find its footing.
Taking the lead from the Tigers 19-18, St. Thomas turned up its full-court press, forcing eight turnovers and quickly converting points on the other end.
DePauw's turnovers in the first half held its deficit to the Tommies in double digits. Despite being down by 14 at the half and shooting just 47% from the field, the Tigers' ability to attack the lane and get to the line kept DePauw in the game.
In the second half, the Tigers played much tighter defensively, forcing eight turnovers and recording five steals which were converted into eight points throughout the half.
St. Thomas however, could not be stopped, answering every basket made by the Tigers, with two or three of its own.
Though DePauw could not close the gap between itself and the Tommies, it did improve its field goal percentage to 58%, an improvement that was led by the offensive spark of Elijah Hales and Nolan Niego, who came off the bench for the Tigers.
DePauw moves to 2-2 for the season and is back in Greencastle, Ind. on Sunday, Dec. 1, for its first conference matchup against Kenyon College. Game time is set for 2 p.m.