Six days ago, Wabash almost overcame an early 11-0 deficit at DePauw in a 75-74 defeat. In Tuesday night’s first-round matchup of the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Little Giants fell behind 13-0 at their rivals but were unable to mount a final comeback in a 73-59 defeat.
Trailing 19-9, Wabash responded with a 15-6 run which including a span of five minutes in which the Little Giants held DePauw scoreless. Wabash eventually cut the lead to 19-15 on a Houston Hodges layup. The sophomore guard scored a season-high 18 points on the night.
“I think it was him (Houston) being aggressive,” Coach Antoine Carpenter said about his point guard. “The previous week he was able to see the shot go down in practice. It helps out when you start seeing it go down. He was being aggressive and getting to the rim. That’s always good to get some easy buckets to get you going offensively.”
Despite Hodges’ efforts, the Tigers steadily gained separation and entered the locker room up 38-28.
Houston finished the night with 18 points 3rebounds and 4 assists.