Tampa, FL --- Sophomore Josh Hall (Bloomington, IN) scored 17 points and classmate Nick Felke (Plymouth, IN) was an assist shy of a double-double to lead DePauw (IN) to a 77-73 triumph over WPI in men's basketball non-conference action at the Tampa Bay Shootout, hosted by the Tigers at Tampa Preparatory School.
DePauw improves to 8-4 while the Engineers, who are receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25, slip to 9-2 on the year.
Maryville (TN) took home the tournament championship, defeating Otterbein (OH) 71-62 in the final game Sunday afternoon.
Reid Walker (Tampa, FL), WPI's selection to the All-Tournament team in his hometown, totaled a game-best 22 points while junior Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, MA) amassed 15. Sophomore Ethan Harrell (Wexford, PA) pitched in with 12 points and career-highs of eight boards and two blocks.
The Tigers also saw freshman Cole Jenkins (Carmel, IN) and sophomore Ken Decker (Crown Point, IN) score a dozen to go with 10 each by Felke (9 assists, 7 rebounds) and sophomore Nolan Ginther (Noblesville, IN). Senior Andrew Kus (Fort Wayne, IN) added a trio of blocks.
Trailing 6-3, Jenkins began a 10-0 run by the hosts with an early 3-pointer. Wisniewski then provided five of the Engineers points en route to the first of two ties midway through the first following the front end of a pair of free throws by Reid Walker, who tied it with 10:02 left before the break as well. Jenkins pushed the lead to seven once more with a triple with 2:30 on the clock.
Hall made it an eight-point game with a 3-pointer 32 seconds after play resumed. Harrell responded with two buckets, and sophomore Jake Needleman (Morganville, NJ) sliced the margin to one with a triple at 17:46. Walker once again leveled the contest, this time with a layup to make it 41-41 with 16:19 to go. It was short lived, however, as Jenkins responded with a long-range bucket. With 12:46 to go, sophomore Justin McMahon (Lake Forest, IL) capped a 9-0 spurt, which pushed the advantage to 10 (53-43) and forced a WPI timeout.
After regrouping, Walker bookended a 7-0 outburst with a triple and a layup to get back within three points (53-50) with 11:09 left. The next seven Tiger points were scored from the charity stripe before Harrell and sophomore Colin McNamara (Arlington, MA) canned back-to-back threes to pull within a pair (60-58) at 6:37. Following two more free throws, Decker hit a 3-pointer for another seven-point cushion (65-58) for the hosts. Walker and Harrell later teamed up to get the Engineers within a pair; however, DePauw enjoyed two more seven-point leads. Walker then converted a traditional three-point play and McNamara added a jumper prior to McMahon sealing the victory with a free throw.
WPI begins its NEWMAC portion of the schedule 6pm Wednesday at nationally-ranked MIT. DePauw resumes NCAC action Wednesday with a trip to Wooster for a 3pm tip.