TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology narrowly rimmed out a potential game winning three-point shot at the buzzer as Wabash College earned a 65-63 men's basketball victory in the Fightin' Engineer home opener on Tuesday night.
Wabash snapped a 63-63 tie with a layup by Daniel Purvlicis with 12.1 seconds remaining to take the lead. Rose-Hulman had one final chance, but a 25-foot three-pointer at the buzzer by senior Dillon Reynolds spun around the rim and out.
Senior Tyler Duffy led the Rose-Hulman offensive performance with a career-high 25 points. Duffy finished 9-14 from the field and 6-9 from the free throw line with five rebounds in the effort.
Purvlicis scored 24 points to cross the 1,000-point mark in his career to lead the Wabash offense. Johnny Jager added 19 points and six assists as Wabash shot 53% from the field for the game.
Rose-Hulman committed just 10 turnovers and forced 24 by the Little Giants, but Wabash outrebounded the Engineers 43-29 in the tightly contested matchup.
Prior to the game, Rose-Hulman honored the recent passing of 20-year former head coach and friend Jim Shaw with a moment of silence. Shaw won over 300 games at Rose-Hulman, including six NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in his career.
Rose-Hulman stands 2-2 on the season, while Wabash improved to 3-1. The Fightin' Engineers return home to face DePauw University on Sunday at 3 p.m.