HAUTE, IND. - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology shot 67% from the
field to capture a 75-66 men's basketball victory over DePauw
University on Saturday.
The Fightin' Engineers led by as many as 25 points and
shot 75% from the field over the game's first 30 minutes to build a
62-37 advantage with 10:14 remaining.
With the win, Rose-Hulman improved to 9-2 and continued
its best start to a season since 1999.
DePauw whittled away at the lead to close within 71-53 at
the 3:22 mark, then outscored the Engineers 13-4 to move within the
final nine-point margin.
Sophomore Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) led four players in double figures with 19 points
on 9-11 from the field.
Freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) contributed 13 points and six rebounsd
to the effort. Junior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) buried three shots from behind the arc for
11 points, and sophomore Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) added 10 points, seven assists and six
Other key contributors to the Rose-Hulman effort included
sophomore Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) with nine points and three rebounds; sophomore
Brenton Balsbaugh (Arcanum, Ohio/Greenville) with
seven points; and junior Spencer Harlan (Terre
Haute/South) with six points.
Tommy Weakley buried six three-pointers to lead the DePauw
offense with 18 points. Joe Bergfeld also reached double
figures for the Tigers with 12 points and seven
Rose-Hulman relied on its hot shooting to turn a 9-7
deficit into a 19-9 lead with 12 straight points early in the first
half. Gissentanner capped the run with six straight
points. The first half lead reached 30-15 on scores by
Balsbaugh, then Strickland at the 6:52 mark.
DePauw trimmed the halftime margin to 38-26 on two
three-pointers by Weakley. The deficit was trimmed to nine
points at 44-35 on a score by Ryan Russell with 16:34
Rose-Hulman answered with an 18-2 run to push its lead to
62-37 midway through the second half. Gissentanner scored
three layups, Weatherford buried a three-pointer and a layup,
Gerken and Balsbaugh added field goals, and Knotts hit a
three-pointer as Rose-Hulman gained control of the
Rose-Hulman improved to 9-2 on the season, while DePauw
fell to 6-3. The Fightin' Engineers return to action with a
home game against Manchester College on January 5.