CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. -- Wabash College defended a potential tying possession in the final seconds to secure a 77-74 men's basketball victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Monday night at Chadwick Court.
Wabash relied on a pair of free throws from Jack Davidson with 3.8 seconds remaining to take a three-point advantage. Rose-Hulman attempted a three-quarter court pass on its final possession, but the pass was deflected to midcourt by the Little Giants as time expired.
Rose-Hulman had a balanced scoring attack on the evening led by five players in double figures. Charlie Aimone had a team-high 19 points along with five rebounds. Craig McGee added 13 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Ryuji Aoki and John Czarnecki scored 12 points each. Aoki was 7-8 from the free throw line with four rebounds and three assists. Czarnecki was 5-9 from the field with four rebounds. Luke Callahan added 10 points and six rebounds. Nick McGrail contributed six points, five rebounds and three assists to the effort.
Davidson led the Wabash offense with 20 points. Alex Eberhard added 14 points, and Colten Garland also reached double figures with 11 for the Little Giants.
The tightly contested matchup was tied at 40-40 at the half and 55-55 midway through the second half. Wabash led 75-70 in the final minute, but a layup by McGee with 10.8 seconds left trimmed the margin to 75-72. The Fightin' Engineers forced a turnover on a jump ball that was tied up by Callahan, and McGee hit another layup with 4.1 seconds left to bring the margin to 75-74.
Wabash improved to 3-0 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 2-2. The Fightin' Engineers host DePauw University in the home opener, on Old National Bank Night Wednesday at Hulbert Arena.