TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Despite Craig McGee recording the first triple-double in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball history, Defiance College relied on four double figure scorers to top the Fightin' Engineers 83-73 on Saturday afternoon at Hulbert Arena.
McGee scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 34 minutes of action, finishing 6-12 from the field as part of the first triple-double in 113 seasons of Rose-Hulman men's basketball history.
The balanced Defiance offensive attack proved the difference in a contest that was tighter than the final score. Micaiah Cox led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points, Tyler Andrew and Sean Tyson scored 17 points each, and Avonte Jones came off the bench for 11 points.
Defiance hit 12 three-point shots on the afternoon to overcome Rose-Hulman outrebounding the visitors 45-30 in the contest. John Czarnecki had a team-high nine rebounds for the Engineers, with Wurtz contributing seven boards.
Rose-Hulman led 8-0 early in the first half, before Defiance scored the next 13 points to set the stage for a game of runs. The Yellow Jackets held a nine-point lead at the half.
Defiance pushed the lead to 14 points at 67-53 with 8:34 left, before Rose-Hulman stormed back to tie the score at 68-68 with a 15-1 run over 4:19. Lake knotted the score with a layup to force a Defiance timeout.
The Yellow Jackets answered with a 7-0 run to regain a 75-68 lead, then hit eight free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Defiance improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 2-6 and 0-2 in conference play. The Fightin' Engineers return to action next Saturday at Bluffton.