TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Defiance
College withstood a late Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to top
the Fightin' Engineers 62-59 in men's basketball action on Saturday
Defiance led 41-24 with 16:49 remaining
after a 20-point first half by junior Logan Wolfrum.
Rose-Hulman answered with an 11-2 run to close within 43-35 on two
free throws by sophomore Jake Dodd (St. Peters,
Mo./Missouri-St. Louis) at the 11:05 mark.
Defiance pushed the lead to 47-37 on a score
by Travis Schomaeker, then Rose-Hulman continued its charge to move
within 49-46 on two free throws by junior Jon Gerken
(Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) at the 3:26 mark.
Defiance guard Anthony Brown and Rose-Hulman
junior Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Fa./Rockdale
County) exchanged three-pointers as the Yellow Jackets
held the lead at 52-49 with 2:56 remaining. Another exchange
of baskets by Wolfrum and Gissentanner put the score at 54-51 at
the 1:53 mark.
Wolfrum added one free throw and Mason Roth
hit two more with 31 seconds remaining to push Defiance's lead to
58-52. Junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) scored in the paint to again bring Rose-Hulman
Roth hit two more free throws, and Gerken
scored in the paint with 11 seconds left to make the score
60-56. Following a missed free throw, sophomore
Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) brought
Rose-Hulman within one point at 60-59 with 1.3 seconds
Ryan Hicks hit two free throws in the final
second to secure the victory for Defiance, as Rose-Hulman's last
second desperation pass fell short.
Wolfum led the Defiance offense with 28
points. Roth and Brown scored 12 points each for the Yellow
Weatherford scored 17 points to lead
Rose-Hulman scorers. Gissentanner reached double figures with
11 points, Gerken scored nine, and the duo of Strickland and Dodd
added six points each.
Defiance improved to 11-12 and moved into a
tie for the sixth and final HCAC Tournament spot at 7-9 in
league. Rose-Hulman stands 15-8 and 9-7 in league play.
The Fightin' Engineers need one victory in their final two games to
clinch a bid to the HCAC Tournament.