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Denison blitzes Allegheny, 104-63

Matthew Bauer  |  Photo by Joe Colon
Matthew Bauer | Photo by Joe Colon

GRANVILLE, Ohio— It may have been Denison's fourth game in six days but the Big Red looked anything but fatigued in their 104-63 rout of visiting Allegheny College.  The 21st ranked Big Red improved to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Denison asserted their dominance early as they jumped out to a 13-2 lead four minutes into the contest.  DU entered the game shooting 36 percent as a team from beyond the arc and their 3-point marksmanship continued against the Gators.  In the first half, Matthew Bauer led the scoring barrage by going 4-of-8 from long range.  The team was 9-of-21 from three and entered the intermission with a 57-32 lead.

The Big Red put the game away in the opening six minutes of the second half as they went on a 13-3 run to take a 75-35 lead.  The lead grew to as much as 45 points after Fred Brou's bucket off a feed from Matt Doyle.

By the midway point of the second half, Bob Ghiloni handed the keys to his bench and watched as they maintained the large lead with some inspired play.  Seventeen players got in the game for DU.  All of them played at least six minutes and no one played more than 18.  David Meurer was ultra-effective as he went 8-for-10 for 22 points and eight assists in 17 minutes.  Bauer finished with 16 points in 17 minutes and Jett Speelman chipped in 11 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists in 18 minutes.

Denison tied the single-game record for 3-pointers made with 17.  They also broke the school record for 3-pointers attempted with 40.  The previous high was 38 set last year against Oberlin.  Their 16 steals was one shy of the school record set on Jan. 14, 1998 against Oberlin.

The Big Red outrebounded the Gators 45-34. Their 16 offensive rebounds resulting in 22 second chance points.  Denison's propensity to get out and run was also on full display.  They scored 24 of their 104 points in transition.

Allegheny was led in scoring by Conor Macomber's 14 points.  Donte Wallette added 12 but the Gator starting five was held to a combined total of 10 points.

This runs Denison's current winning streak to four. It also equals the 12-1 start of the 1922-23 team.  A victory on Wednesday against DePauw would move Denison to 13-1, marking their best start to a season since the 1913-14 squad went 15-1.

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