Rose-Hulman Narrowly Falls in Home Opener

Rose-Hulman Narrowly Falls in Home Opener

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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.

Senior Jimmy Miller reached double figures with 11 points and had six rebounds.  Reynolds scored eight points, and senior Matt Loesing contributed six points for the Fightin' Engineers.

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.