Denison opened North Coast Athletic Conference play with a decisive 80-67 road win over DePauw University. The Big Red never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 20 points midway through the first half.
With 8:49 left in the contest, DePauw's Luke Lattner drilled a 3-pointer from the corner, cutting the Denison lead to nine at 62-53. Darius White proceeded to give his best Reggie Miller impression at the other end when he answered with a 3-pointer, stole the in-bounds pass, then canned another triple, putting the Big Red back on top by 15 in a span of just 15 seconds.
With 2:04 to play, DePauw made it a three possession game when Bradley Fey scored on a fastbreak layup after a defensive rebound by Jack VandeMerkt. Denison got a layup by White at the other end, putting the Big Red up 11 and effectively sealing the victory.
White finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and is now shooting 53 percent (17-of-32) from 3-point range on the season. David Meurer followed with 17 points and five assists while playing a team-high 32 minutes. Meurer was 6-of-9 from the field.
DePauw got 28 points from Lattner. He was 7-of-16 from the field and 12-of-15 from the free throw line. Fey chipped in 12 points off the bench while John Starkey led the team in rebounds with seven.
Denison shot 51 percent (30-of-59) while the Tigers checked in at a 41 percent clip (23-of-56). The Big Red knocked down 10-of-22 from long range while the Tigers struggled from deep, going 6-for-21. The rebounding battle was won by Denison, 35-29, but DePauw held a 13-17 edge in turnovers.
The Big Red improves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC with the victory while DePauw drops to 2-4 and 0-1 in league play. After six road games to start the season, Denison will open its home schedule on Saturday when they host sixth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan at 3 p.m. The Battling Bishops are off to a 7-0 start after Wednesday's 13-point win over Wooster.