Rocky start trips up Big Red

Brad Woolard went 4-for-5 from the field against DePauw on Wednesday.
Brad Woolard went 4-for-5 from the field against DePauw on Wednesday.

DePauw University fired a 52-percent clip from the field en route to a 77-56 North Coast Athletic Conference victory over Denison on Wednesday evening in Granville.

The Tigers caught fire early as they knocked down 13 of their first 20 shots, including three buckets from beyond the arc.  On the flip, DU struggled to find the bottom of the hoop going 4-for-16 over the opening 12+ minutes.  DePauw used its blazing start to build a 29-9 advantage.  The visiting team continued to push the pace, eventually taking a 42-15 lead into the locker room.

After shooting 26 percent in the opening stanza, the Big Red began to find their shot in the second period. DU knocked down 54 percent from the floor in the second half, and trimmed a 29-point deficit to 20 on multiple occasions.  However, the first-half deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Tigers held on for a 21-point win.

Denison finished 21-for-53 (40 percent) from the field and 12-for-17 from the charity stripe.  DePauw went 32-for-62 from the field and held a 39-30 advantage on the glass.  The Tigers also scored 40 points in the paint and got 22 tallies from their bench.

Senior Dimonde Hale recorded his third-straight double-double after posting 17 points and 11 rebounds.  Junior Alex Longi chipped in 12 rebounds, while Brad Woolard added 10 points and four boards.

DePauw's Barry Flynn led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-18 shooting.  Tommy Fernitz logged 11 tallies, while Adam Botts chipped in 10 in 21 minutes of action.

DU drops to 8-14 and 6-7 in the NCAC, while the Tigers improve to 14-8 and 7-6 in league play.  Denison returns to the court on Saturday when they host Allegheny at 1 p.m.