Tigers crush Cougars, 100-58; 6-1 start best in 11 years
GREENCASTLE, IND.- The Tigers used a total team effort to blow out visiting Concordia (Ill.) on Monday by a 100-58 score. The Tigers improved to 6-1 which matches the best start since the 1986-87 squad won 13 of its first 14 contests. Concordia slipped to 2-2.
For the fourth straight game the Tigers held an opponent to 60 or fewer points, but this time the offense chipped in with its best showing since a 104-52 win over Webster during the 1994-95 season.
DePauw never trailed as they jumped out to a 23-7 lead in the first 8:20 after Jack Kidd's three-point play. The margin reached as many as 19 before the Tigers went into the half with a 50-33 advantage.
Concordia opened the second half with a basket, but the Tigers scored the next 15 points over a five-minute span to take a 30-point lead, 65-35. That margin reached as much as 45 points and the Tigers reached the century mark with seven seconds left on Alex Parker's basket.
Craig Stewart and Brad Stevens led the way for the Tigers with 18 each. Stewart's total equaled his career best and it went along with five steals and five assists. However, his best numbers may have come on defense where he held Tom Leinberger, the Cougars' second leading scorer at over 21 per game, to just four points. Stevens scored his points in just 14 minutes off the bench. Lars Matzerath scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed a game-high eight boards and Corey Yost added 11. Peter Lark, Concordia's leading scorer with nearly 25 per game, was also shut down by the Tigers defense and scored just 13.
The Tigers held a 39-25 advantage on the boards and helped force 29 Concordia turnovers. DePauw shot 54 percent from the floor in each half, committed just 13 turnovers and recorded 17 steals.
DePauw takes its 6-1 mark into a Thursday game at Indiana Wesleyan. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.