DePauw shot 65 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the foul line in the second half to secure a 79-65 win over Denison on Wednesday night at the Neal Fieldhouse in Greencastle, Ind.
The first half saw nine lead changes and six tie-game situations, but at the end of the 20 minute stanza the hometown Tigers held a slim 32-29 edge over the Big Red.
Sophomore Robby Weingart quickly erased the deficit with a three-pointer to open the second period. Tied at 37-37, DePauw orchestrated a 17-4 run to take a 13-point lead midway through the frame. DU methodically chipped away at the deficit over the next seven minutes, eventually closing the gap to 63-58 following an old-fashioned three-point play by junior Alex Longi.
However, the Tigers' Connor Rich answered the Big Red run with seven-straight points to rebuild a 12-point edge with 1:19 to go. Longi knocked down a triple to make it a nine-point game with 62 second on the clock, but a 9-for-10 performance at the charity stripe locked up the DePauw victory.
Denison shot 44 percent from the field, while the Tigers knocked down a 55-percent clip. DePauw also converted 67 percent (18-for-27) from the charity stripe, while the Big Red held a 42-18 scoring advantage in the paint. Both teams grabbed 29 rebounds.
Barry Flynn led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-11 from the field. Michael Wilkison logged 16 points and four assists, while Rich and Adam Botts added 13 and 10, respectively.
Denison falls to 4-12 overall and 2-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while the Tigers improve to 10-6 and 3-4 in conference play. The Big Red returns to action on Saturday at Allegheny. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.