Hot Shooting Leads Rose-Hulman Past Anderson

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WeatherfordMCTERRE 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 night.

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 each.

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 rally.

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 next possession.

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.