SALEM, W.Va. - Behind a double-double from Jairus Stevens, Tiffin men's basketball was able to come out on top in a close 84-81 battle at Salem on Saturday.
Tiffin improves to 2-2 on the season with the win.
Stevens' double-double is the first of his TU career, leading the Dragons with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Tiffin was efficient offensively, hitting 50.8% of their shots from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from deep in the game. The Dragons also outrebounded the Tigers by one, 35-34, and picked up 11 second chance points to Salem's seven.
The Dragons couldn't miss in the early going, scoring the first seven points of the game and taking a 20-5 lead on a Trent Williams triple with 14:05 remaining in the opening half.
Tiffin would lead by as much as 16 during the first-half, but Salem stayed in the game and cut the deficit to eight at the break, 44-36.
The Tigers slowly chipped away at the Dragon lead in the second period, eventually tying the game at 60 with 10:16 to play. Austin Schaub quickly put TU back on top with a three, but the teams would trade baskets for nearly the rest of the contest, coming to a 78-78 tie with 1:26 on the clock.
Tiffin stayed composed down the stretch, as a Stevens layup and Trent Williams jumper put the Dragons in the driver's seat with a four-point advantage with nine seconds left.
Two free throws from Josh Williams and a last-second Tiger three later, Tiffin came away with the 84-81 victory.
The Dragons return home for their fourth home game out of the first five when they host Canadian school Fanshawe at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.