Hot Shooting Leads Rose-Hulman Past DePauw; Engineers 9-2


GerkenHCTERRE 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 rebounds.

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 rebounds.

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 remaining.

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 contest.

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.