Kenyon men come up short
GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Tied with the DePauw University Tigers, 50-50, with just five minutes left in Saturday’s basketball game, the Kenyon College Lords let an upset opportunity slip through their hands. The Lords did not make a field goal the rest of the way, allowing DePauw to escape with a 62-54 conference win.
During those final few minutes, Kenyon junior Carter Powell made two free throws. Elijah Davis and Ugnius Zilinskas each made one. The Lords, however, misfired on their final six field goal attempts.
At the other end of the court, DePauw was both 4-of-6 from the floor and at the free throw line during that same five-minute stretch. The Tigers moved ahead 52-50, taking the lead for good on a Nolan Ginther layup. A minute later, Aaron Shank hit a free throw. Cole Jenkins then tacked on back-to-back buckets to push the Tigers to a 57-50 lead with two-and-a-half minutes remaining.
Although Ginther didn’t play a huge role down the stretch, he was the story of the game. The sophomore forward led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and 7-of-11 shooting at the free throw line.
For Kenyon, Powell recorded his second double-double of the season. He racked up 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots and a couple of steals. Davis, a freshman, scored 14, while Zilinskas, a sophomore, added nine.
Both teams struggled to find any kind of rhythm in the first half with Kenyon shooting 28.1 percent and DePauw firing at 31.0 percent. Ginther had six of his 23 points in the first half and teammate Ken Decker had five. No other player, on either team, had more than four points at the break.
DePauw limped out to a 4-0 lead while Kenyon didn’t score until Zilinskas hit a pair of free throws at the 15:25 mark. A little less than a minute later, Zilinskas registered the Lords’ first field goal to make it 6-4 in favor of DePauw.
Despite its shooting struggles, Kenyon managed to tie up DePauw at 19-19 and then got to halftime trailing just 22-21.
At the start of the second half, Powell rang up three straight points, giving the Lords their first lead of the game. Later, Kenyon went ahead by two points on three different occasions, but it could not expand on that lead.
DePauw never really pulled away either. The Tigers’ largest lead reached eight points mid-way through the second half and then again at the end of the game.
The loss dropped Kenyon to 1-16 overall and 0-10 within the North Coast Athletic Conference. The win improved DePauw to 11-6 overall and 5-5 in NCAC action.
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Tigers’ fast start spells trouble for Ladies
GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Sydney Kopp scored a season-high 25 points to lead the No. 17/19 DePauw University Tigers (15-3, 9-0 NCAC) to a 71-57 victory against Kenyon College (12-6, 6-4 NCAC) Saturday in a North Coast Athletic Conference women’s basketball game.
Kenyon’s usually stout defense was off today as it allowed a season-high 71 points and 42.9 percent clip from three-point range. The points allowed marked the first time in 61 NCAC regular-season games that a conference opponent scored 70-plus. The last time that happened was February 7, 2015 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Sharon Hull led the team as she tied a season-best with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting including a 5-of-7 clip from three-point land. Junior Paige Matijasich added 15 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season while Lane Davis contributed seven points and seven boards.
The Tigers’ first-quarter performance set the tone on how Saturday’s game would go.
Within 4:17 of the opening stanza, DePauw had scored the first 10 points while Kenyon coughed the ball up four times and missed all four of its shots. It only got tougher from there for the visitors. By the end of the quarter, the Tigers had attained a 19-4 lead as they hit half of their 16 shots. For the Ladies, they made just two of their 15 attempts.
In the second, DePauw went up as many as 21 after an Imani Graham jumper brought the tally to 33-12 with 2:56 remaining. Kenyon did fight to cut the deficit to 35-21 by halftime as Hull keyed a 9-2 run with a couple of treys.
The strong finish in the second translated over into the third. Hull sank a jumper while Matijasich added five points to bring the tally to 39-28 at the 7:32 mark. After that though, Kenyon would not get any closer. Kopp hit consecutive three-pointers on DePauw’s next couple of possessions to push the home squad up 17 points, 45-28.
By game’s end, the Tigers had hit 42 percent from both the field and from behind the arc.
Kenyon will look to bounce back Wednesday when it hosts Oberlin College at 6 p.m. at Tomsich Arena.