Not only was it Franklin College’s last regular-season home game against Defiance College, the two teams were battling for the right to play host to a first-round game at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
The visiting Yellow Jackets overcame a four-point deficit in the final five minutes of play to defeat the Grizzlies, 72-63, on Saturday.
By locking down the No. 4 tournament seed, Defiance will be at home to take on Franklin for the third time this season on Tuesday.
The Yellow Jackets won the first go-round, 64-60, again having to rally past the Grizzlies, who had led by as many as 14 points in the first half Dec. 15.
Defiance senior guard Logan Wolfrum, scored 18 of his game-high 27 points in the final seven minutes of play to seal the victory. Wolfrum hit 11 free throws without a miss.