Defiance quickly put the game away in the opening minutes of the second half, using a 6-0 spurt to push the spread to 13 and never looked back. The lead never dipped below 10 points from then on, eventually swelling to as many as 20 at 65-45 before Marygrove ended the game with five-straight to trim DC’s final margin of victory to 15.
Pettaway led all players with his 21 points and added a team-high 12 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Johnson scored 13 points to move to within 22 of the 900-point plateau for his career and added six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Anthony Jackson knocked in a three for the seventh-straight game and scored nine points while adding four rebounds and Mike Floyd dished out six assists to reach 100 for the season and also pulled down six rebounds.
Freshmen reserves Brent Papenfuss and Eric Stolly also turned in solid performances as Papenfuss notched eight points and Stolly posted career highs with six rebounds and two assists.
The win moves Defiance to 15-6 this season and ups the Jackets to 7-1 in non-conference games.
The Jackets will get back into HCAC play with road games on Saturday and Wednesday at Rose-Hulman and Franklin before hosting Transylvania in their regular season final on Feb. 17 at 3:00 pm.