“I just shake my head,” Brown said. “We win another game with another poor shooting performance. (Coop) shot the three very well. It’s been awhile since he had a rebounding game like this. He really, really wanted to win the title outright.”
Wittenberg senior Clayton Black, who had 14 points, hit two free throws with 1:13 remaining to give the Tigers a 56-52 advantage.
On the next possession, DePauw’s Michael Wilkison hit a 3-pointer, pulling the hosts within one point at 56-55.
Wittenberg turned the ball over on its next possession, giving DePauw the ball in front of its own bench with 17.8 seconds remaining. After a timeout, DePauw’s Sean Haseley drove the ball to the lane, but his shot missed the rim as time expired.
“The angle was right by where our bench could see it, it was on line, it was just short,” Brown said.
DePauw led by nine early in the first half, but Wittenberg fought back to take a 28-26 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Witt used a 9-1 run to grab a 50-41 lead on a 3-pointer by Cooper with 6:53 remaining.
“It was crucial,” Brown said. “I’d like to say they shouldn’t have been able to make the run back, but they’ve got tradition and players who play with pride, too.”
Brown said to win the title this year is a nice feat given the league’s strength as a whole.
“It’s quite a tribute to our guys,” Brown said.