Denison had five players score in double figures as the Big Red routed Earlham 78-49 on Saturday in Richmond, Ind. With the win, DU starts 2-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
The Big Red led the entire 40 minutes on Saturday afternoon. DU methodically built its lead throughout the early stages of the first half. Coming off the bench, first-year guard Darius White drained a triple that gave the Big Red their first double-digit lead of the contest. After the Quakers answered on their next possession, White hit another three to retake a 24-14 advantage.
Clinging to a 26-21 lead, Denison went on an 11-2 run to close out the final 3+ minutes of the half. Senior Jon Akpapunam led the charge with five points, while junior Alex Longi and sophomore Bret Woolard chipped in four and two points, respectively. At the break, both teams had attempted 30 shots from the field. The Big Red converted 40 percent of their attempts, while Earlham knocked down just 20 percent from the floor.
Denison carried its momentum into the second period as they scored 15 of the half's first 19 points to build a 25-point lead. The Big Red maintained a 20-point advantage over the final 13:54, leading by as many as 32 thanks to a Briggs King bucket with 2:14 to go.
DU outrebounded the Quakers 44-41 and logged 26 points in the paint. The Big Red turned 15 Earlham turnovers into 21 points, while their 18 offensive rebounds resulted in 13 tallies. The Denison bench also provided some support as they scored 32 of the team's 78 points. The Big Red shot 44 percent (24-for-55) from the field and 74 percent (23-for-31) from the charity stripe. Conversely, Earlham converted a 27-percent clip from the floor and hit just 55 percent from the foul line.
Sophomore Robby Weingart led all scorers with a career-high 15 points on 6-of-12 from the floor, including two three-pointers. Senior Dimonde Hale, Longi and White all chipped in 11 points, while Woolard finished with 10 tallies. Hale, who was coming off a career-high performance on Thursday, passed Dudley Brown for eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. The senior currently has 1,334 points. On the glass, King grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, while Longi and Woolard pulled in nine and seven, respectively. Longi also dished out three assists, while Woolard and King each had a rejection.
Denison looks to go 3-0 for the first time since the 1992-93 season on Sunday when they take on Hanover at 3 p.m.