Men's Basketball Narrowly Falls Short at Defiance

Men's Basketball Narrowly Falls Short at Defiance


DEFIANCE, Ohio -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rimmed out a potential game winning shot with under five seconds remaining, and Defiance College hit two key free throws to secure a 67-64 men's basketball victory on Saturday afternoon in Ohio.

Rose-Hulman held a 64-63 lead with 1:13 remaining after a jumper by Wade Stallings.  Both teams stopped the opposition on the next possession, with Defiance drawing a foul on a rebound after Rose-Hulman's miss. 

Wade Wooley knocked down two free throws to give the Yellow Jackets a 65-64 advantage with 20 seconds left, giving Rose-Hulman a final chance to win.  The first Fightin' Engineer opportunity fell short but the rebound was knocked out of bounds, giving Rose-Hulman a final chance with 5.4 seconds remaining.

Rose-Hulman inbounded and senior Tyler Duffy had a closely guarded look in the lane hit the rim and fall out, with Wooley grabbing the rebound.  The Defiance center buried two more free throws, and the Yellow Jackets stole the ensuing inbounds pass to secure the three-point win.

Duffy led Rose-Hulman's offensive performance with 14 points and seven rebounds on 6-10 from the field.  Senior Dillon Reynolds added 13 points on 6-9 from the field.  Senior Jimmy Miller also reached double figures with 11 points.

Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman included Matt Loesing with nine points and five rebounds; Stephen Schueth with eight points; and Luke Callahan with five points.

Tyler Alexander led three Defiance players in double figures with 20 points.  Michael Parker added 13 points, and Adam Ney scored 10 for the Yellow Jackets.  Wooley only scored six points, but hit the four key free throws in the final 20 seconds to secure the Defiance victory.

Rose-Hulman stands 7-8 on the season and 4-4 in league play, while Defiance improved to 8-7 and 6-2 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Earlham College for an in-state matchup on Wednesday.