Hot Shooting, Fast Start Lead Anderson Past Rose-Hulman

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HarlanHCANDERSON, IND. - Anderson University shot 62% from the field and relied on a strong start in each half to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 69-54 in men's basketball action on Wednesday.

Brock Morrison and Jarrin Forte paced the Ravens with 16 points each.  Phil Hogan contributed 12 points for Anderson.

Freshman James Pillischafske (Louisville, Ky./Male) led the Rose-Hulman offense with 11 points on a trio of three-pointers.  Junior Spencer Harlan (Terre Haute/South) added 10 points on a perfect 4-4 from the field.

Sophomore Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) contributed nine points and six rebounds for the Engineers. 

Freshman Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) added seven points, with sophomores Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) and Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) adding six points each.

Anderson jumped out to a 15-2 lead five minutes into the contest and maintained a 29-13 lead with 6:11 left in the first half.  Rose-Hulman relied on two three-pointers by Gerken and another from Pillischafske to move within 29-22 at the 4:01 mark. 

Rose-Hulman later closed within 35-29 at the break.  The Ravens opened the second half with a 19-9 spurt over the first 10 minutes to push the lead into double figures and seize control of the contest.

Anderson improved to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in HCAC play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 9-5 and 3-4 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday at 5 p.m