DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Defiance College men's basketball team will look to extend a 16-game home winning streak in non-conference games when it hosts Finlandia University, Adrian College and the University of Mount Union on December 29 and 30 for the 38th-Annual Purple and Gold Tournament inside the Karl H. Weaner Community Center.The Yellow Jackets have won their tournament in 21 of the previous 37 years, posting a 58-16 all-time record at the event and winning at least one game in all 37 showings. Defiance has gone 34-3 in the opening round, 3-0 in the consolation game and 21-13 in the tournament's championship contest. DC has won seven-straight games in the Purple and Gold Tournament, en route to claiming each of the past three championships and has won five of the last six tournament crowns.
Defiance (5-4) will enter this year's tournament having won each of its last three games and boasting a 44-19 all-time clip against the three visiting programs. All but two of those meetings have come against Adrian however, with the Jackets sporting a 43-18 record against the Bulldogs and a 1-1 mark against Mount Union. DC has never faced Finlandia on the hardwood.
The tournament will open on Saturday, December 29 with a 5:00 pm tip between No. 12 Adrian (8-0) and Mount Union (4-6). The Bulldogs are off to their best start since the 1954-1955 season and are one win away from matching the best start in program history. AC has four players averaging double figures per night, led by 17.8 per game from Eric Lewis. Despite the strong scoring attack, Adrian has been winning on the defensive end, where it has held foes to only 51.1 points per game on 35.9-percent shooting from the floor.
The Purple Raiders of Mount Union will enter the tournament having won three of their last four outings and looking to avenge a 63-48 loss at Adrian on November 28. The Mount is averaging 70.1 points per game behind 14.3 per contest from Nate Jacubec and 10.1 from Cody Dillon.
Defiance will then take the court for the 7:00 pm match with Finlandia (1-9) in Saturday's second contest. The Jackets have won all four of their home contests this season and eight-straight games in the Hive dating back to last year. In the four home victories to start the 2012-2013 campaign, DC has seen Logan Wolfrum (16.8), Ryan Hicks (15.8) and Drew Frizell (13.8) pace a balanced scoring attack, while holding foes to only 60.5 points per game on 26.1-percent shooting from beyond the arc. Wolfrum will look to make history in the tournament, entering the two-game event just 14 points shy of becoming the ninth player in DC history to eclipse 1,500 career points.
Finlandia will be looking to snap a two-game skid when it comes to Defiance and will need to tighten up a defense that has yielded 94.1 points per game through its first 10 contests. In those games, opponents have shot 49.4 percent from the field against the Lions.
The four teams will square off again on Sunday, with the consolation game starting at 5:00 pm and the championship game following at 7:00 pm.
Single-day and all-tournament passes can be purchased at the gates. Single-day admissions will be six dollars for adults and four for senior citizens and students. All-tournament passes will be sold for eight dollars to adults and six dollars to senior citizens and students with identification.