Second-half charge sends DePauw past DU

Dimonde Hale had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks at DePauw.
Dimonde Hale had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks at DePauw.

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.

Longi paced DU with 21 points, while Dimonde Hale added 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes of action.  Senior Jon Akpapunam also chipped in 11 points.

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.