DePAUW PREVIEW: Tigers look to get back over .500 mark led by good sophomores

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Sophomore Josh Hall of Bloomington South is the leading returning scorer for the DePauw Tigers.
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DePauw has had three straight losing seasons since having winning records each year from 2006 through 2015, and the Tigers are looking to get back over the .500 mark this time around.

The top two scorers from last year’s 11-15 squad graduated (David Vogel and Jack Vandemerkt), leaving the leading returning scorer honors with sophomore forward Josh Hall.

The high-flying Bloomington South graduate averaged 10.0 points and 4.5 rebounds last year, starting 17 games for the Tigers.

The Tigers won their season opener on Tuesday 85-67 at Franklin, and a good sign for long-time coach Bill Fenlon is that Hall was his team’s fifth-leading scorer with nine points.

Sophomore Nolan Ginther led the way with 15 points, while a quartet of Tigers — including sophomores Matthew Godfrey, Nick Felke and Ken Decker and freshman Cole Jenkins of Carmel — had 10 points each.

Felke is the team’s second-leading returning scorer with 6.4 points per game.

Ginther averaged 4.7 points a year ago, while Decker scored 4.4 and Godfrey scored 1.9.

DePauw poured in 48 first-half points on Tuesday, shooting 52.3 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from 3-point range and 70-percent from the line.

The Tigers trailed by as many as seven early in the opening half before drawing even at 16-16.

Later DePauw put together an 11-0 run to take a 29-20 lead. The Tigers closed the half on an 11-3 run and took a 48-35 lead into the intermission.

DePauw’s lead reached as many as 21 late in the second half.