January 25, 2012

Balanced attack leads DU past Yeomen

Denison outscored Oberlin 44-26 in the second half and Larry Farmer surpassed 1,000 career points, resulting in a 70-56 road win for the Big Red.

DU trailed 30-26 at the half after shooting just 33 percent in the opening 20 minutes of play.  In the second half the Big Red looked like a different team, shooting 55 percent from the field while connecting on all four of its 3-point attempts. They closed out the final four minutes on a 13-4 run to improve to 7-11 overall and 4-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Senior Brett Tiberi provided a major scoring lift as he connected on all three of his 3-point attempts in the second half.

Farmer checked into the game needing only eight points to reach the milestone and the moment came on a slam dunk midway through the first half.  The dunk was quite a weapon for Farmer on this night.  Four of his six field goals were of the rim-rocking variety.   He is the 19th player in Denison history to surpass 1,000 career points and the second DU player to do so this season.  Dimonde Hale reached the mark in Denison's victory over Oberlin on Jan. 4, 2011.

With just over four minutes remaining in the contest, Oberlin's Miles Gueno connected on a 3-pointer that cut the Denison lead to five.  On their next possession, Tiberi squashed any thoughts of an Oberlin comeback with his fourth trey of the game.  He finished the game 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Hale led all scorers with 18 points and Tiberi followed with 14 points in 21 minutes.  Farmer and Jim Leffew both checked in with 13 points and Marr Mansfield paced DU with 10 rebounds.  Farmer also added a season-high six steals.

Andrew Fox led Oberlin (6-12, 1-8 NCAC) with 19 points.

Denison will continue their road swing on Saturday (Jan. 28) with a 3 p.m. tip-off at Wabash College.