The Transylvania University men's basketball team lost for the first time this season late Thursday night, falling to Gustavus Adolphus College of Minnesota 66-62 in the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Pioneers entered the game 10-0, matching the school record for best start set by the 1990-91 team.
Transylvania led at halftime, 35-32, over a Gustavus team (6-3) that knocked Hardin-Simmons from the unbeaten ranks 24 hours earlier.
Brandon Rash put Transy ahead 60-59 when he hit one of two free throws with 1:10 to play before Tyler Grey's three-pointer put Gustavus up 62-60 with 54 seconds left. Gustavus made four of six free throws down the stretch to thwart Transy's comeback hopes in the final minute.
Rash finished the game with 24 points, six assists, and four rebounds. Ethan Spurlin had 15 points and four rebounds. Tate Cox contributed 13 points and four assists.
The Pioneers made 20 of 47 shots from the field, including nine of 19 from long range. Transy made 13 of its 19 free throw attempts.
Gustavus hit 21 of 44 field goal attempts, five of 16 three-point tries and 19 of 25 free throws.
Gustavus had a 33-25 edge in rebounding.
Transylvania returns to action at the Beck Center on Wednesday, facing Franklin in a Heartland Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m.