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No. 24 DePauw takes down Big Red

Brad Woolard led Denison with 16 points at DePauw.
Brad Woolard led Denison with 16 points at DePauw.

No. 24 DePauw held Denison without a field goal over the final 8:24 to come away with a 66-51 victory over the Big Red from Neal Fieldhouse.

Both teams struggled to find a groove throughout the first half of play.  With 15:34 left in the second half Denison was leading the Tigers 40-37.  With just over 13 minutes to play, a Pat Haggin 3-pointer would spark a 9-1 run by DePauw that lasted three minutes.

Sophomore guard Darius White stopped the bleeding temporarily with a 3-pointer at the 10:33 mark, cutting the DePauw lead to 46-44.  With 8:42 to play, Connor Rich would match DePauw's biggest lead of the night at 51-44.  Alex Longi came right back with a three point play after a foul by Mark Johnson with 8:42 to play.

That would be the final basket for the Big Red.  Trailing 51-47, DePauw would go on a 15-4 run to close out the game.  Turnovers plagued both teams but they were especially problematic for Denison during crunch time.  Over the final nine minutes of basketball, DU turned the ball over seven times and managed just four shots from the field.

Haggin carried the Tigers with 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half.  He also finished with seven rebounds while going 8-of-12 from the field.  Tommy Fernitz added 16 points and nine rebounds for DePauw.

Denison was led by Brad Woolard's 16 points in 27 minutes.  He was 5-of-10 from the field and finished with five rebounds.  White and Longi both chipped in nine points and Patrick Keller led the way with six rebounds.

Denison shot 37 percent from the field and was 6-of-15 from beyond the arc.  DePauw connected on 46 percent of its field goal attempts and were 8-of-18 from long range.

The Big Red drops to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference while the Tigers move to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.  Denison will return home for an NCAC clash with Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 1 p.m.

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