CANTON - Khaleal McCormick's dunk with 2:57 left put the Dragons up for good, and his free throws with 14 seconds on the clock were the game's final points as Tiffin University edged Malone, 68-65.
McCormick scored eight points off the TU bench, helping Tiffin improve to 9-15, 6-12 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference.
"We were pleased with the way our execution was in the last minute and a half," Tiffin coach John Hill said.
Joe Graessle had another stellar outing for the Dragons, collecting a game-high 24 points to go with four steals, four assists and three boards. Cody Dennison added 11 points, nine in the second half.
"Cody Dennison played a great second half," Hill said. "They were doubling Joe every chance they could."
Mike Boan had eight points and six rebounds for TU, while Michael Bouley had nine rebounds off the bench. Jonathan Sutherlin and Eric Roby added eight points each.
Hill said he was pleased with Tiffin's defense, which held the Pioneers to just 22 of 61 shooting, and forced them into 20 turnovers.
Cory Veldhuizen had 15 points to lead Malone (11-11, 8-10).
Dragons slip at Malone
CANTON - In the final minutes of Thursday's game against Malone, Tiffin University's women's basketball team needed to come up with some big plays.
It didn't happen.
The Dragons, down just 41-38 with 4:06 remaining in regulation, didn't score a basket after that and lost to the Pioneers, 55-44.
Tiffin made just three field goals in the second half, shooting about 10 percent (3 of 29) from the floor.
"I think the biggest thing was to be able to go and make plays," Tiffin coach Pam Oswald said. "We left a lot of points on the floor; we didn't finish very well."
Tiffin stayed in the game because it kept getting to the foul line. It went 28 times, making 21.
Malone, which is coached by former Oswald assistant Jason Mishler, didn't shoot particularly well either (19 of 54), but got a big game from Sydney Penn, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Malone improved to 13-9, 9-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Tiffin (10-12, 7-11) was led by Jessica Harris, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Stephanie Kelly also had 13 points for the Dragons, who were without Jordan Fraley, who was injured Saturday against Findlay.
"I felt like we lost our composure," Oswald said. "We rushed some things that weren't there."