TERRE HAUTE, IND. -
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology shot 59% from the field and
placed four players in double figures to top Anderson University
68-62 in men's basketball action on Wednesday
Sophomore Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) paced four Engineers in double figures with a
game-high 20 points.
Freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) reached double figures with 13
points. Junior Spencer Harlan (Terre
Haute/South) and sophomore Brenton Balsbaugh
(Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) scored 10 points each on a
combined 9-9 from the field.
Sophomore Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) provided depth for the Engineers with four points
and team-highs of six rebounds and five assists.
Andrew Bowman led three Anderson players in double figures
with 15 points. Andrew Jones and Gabe Miller scored 14 points
The Engineers shot 61% in the second half to hold off the
Ravens second half charge to move within one win of clinching a bid
to the HCAC Tournament.
Anderson led by five points on three occasions in the
first half, before the Engineers rallied to take a 31-28 lead at
the break. Freshman James Pillischafske (Louisville,
Ky./Male) buried a key three-pointer to put the Engineers
up six points late in the half.
In the second half, the tightly contested game featured
three ties and four lead changes. After tied scores at 43 and
44, the Engineers scored six straight points to take a 50-45
advantage. Weatherford scored on a layup, and Balsbaugh
scored two straight baskets to put the Engineers ahead.
Anderson rallied to within one point at 54-53 on two free
throws by Bowman at the 6:11 mark, but Rose-Hulman enjoyed a 9-2
rally to build a 63-55 lead at the 3:23 mark. A three-pointer
by Strickland, two free throws by Weatherford, two more free throws
by Strickland and another pair by Weatherford propelled the
Anderson closed to within three points at 65-62 on a layup
by Jones with 20.4 seconds left. Strickland buried two free
throws, and Balsbaugh secured the game with a diving steal on the
Rose-Hulman improved to 15-7 on the season and 9-6 in HCAC
play, while Anderson dropped to 15-7 and 11-4 in conference
games. The Engineers return to action on Saturday with a 3
p.m. home matchup against Bluffton University.