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Big Red earns road win at DePauw

Darius White's long distance shooting led Denison to a 13-point road win over DePauw.
Darius White's long distance shooting led Denison to a 13-point road win over DePauw.

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.

Jett Speelman followed with 11 points and five rebounds while Patrick Keller led the reserves with seven points and three rebounds in 20 minutes.

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.

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