Centre men earn first win at DePauw

January 18, 2004

GREENCASTLE, Ind. - The Centre College men scored their first win ever at DePauw on Friday night, holding the home team to 32.1 percent shooting from the field in a 63-47 win.

"It's a very good win for our program," Centre coach Greg Mason said. "DePauw's a good young team, but I think our experience really showed tonight."

Centre (11-3, 3-1 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) took a 10-point halftime lead, then held DePauw (9-6, 2-2) to 7-for-24 shooting in the second half. The Tigers were 3-for-16 from 3-point range.

"We played outstanding defense tonight," Mason said. "They did what they had to do to win."

On offense, Reggie Magnusson led the Colonels with 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting.

"Offensively, Reggie is somebody that other teams have to take into account," Mason said.

James Booker and Jason Atwell had 13 and 10 points, respectively, and Mason said their shooting and ball movement helped Centre get off to a good start.


"They gave us the confidence early to jump out to an early lead and take it from there," he said.

Centre shot 45.1 percent from the field and committed only 10 turnovers as it bounced back from a home loss to Trinity last Sunday.

The Colonels are 10-2 in games after their last 12 losses.

"That's a very encouraging stat for a coach," Mason said. "They handle adversity very well, and they handled the Trinity loss."

Coy Zerhusen had nine rebounds and John Ortega had five assists for Centre.

Todd Capes led DePauw with 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals.


DePauw 86, Centre 52 - DePauw (12-3, 3-1) shot 50.8 percent from the field and had its way with Centre (3-12, 0-4) thanks to 28 turnovers by the Colonels.

Centre had 13 fewer shots than DePauw, though the Colonels shot 43.8 percent.

DePauw, ranked 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III poll, tied a school single-game record with 11 3-pointers, going 11-for-20 from long range.

Chelsea Wessel led Centre with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Jacqueline Coleman and Liz Braun scored 10 points each. Coleman also had a team-high four assists.

Reserve Jordan Cuddy scored 18 points to lead DePauw.

Centre's women and men play at Rose-Hulman today.

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