TERRE HAUTE, IND. - Junior Blake Knotts (Louisville, Ky./Christian) missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer, as HCAC co-leader Hanover College narrowly escaped with a 69-66 win over Rose-Hulman on Wednesday.
Freshman Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) led the Engineers with a career-high 19 points and six assists on 8-12 from the field. Sophomore Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) also reached double figures with 15 points.
Ryan Nowicki paced three Panthers in double figures with 18 points. Mitchell Meyer added 17 points, and Mike Case scored 10.
Hanover built a 65-58 lead on a score by Nowicki at the 2:45 mark, and maintained a seven-point lead at 67-60 on two free throws by Nowicki at the 45-second mark.
Sophomore Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) scored with 27 seconds left to move the Engineers within 67-62. Following one free throw by Grant Pangallo, Strickland buried a three-pointer to bring Rose-Hulman's deficit within 68-65 with 12 seconds remaining.
After a Hanover turnover, Strickland buried one free throw to move the Engineers within 68-66. Nowicki made one of two free throws to put Hanover ahead 69-66, before the three-pointer by Knotts at the buzzer fell short.
Hanover improved to 18-5 on the season and 14-3 in HCAC
play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 16-8 and 10-7 in league
games. The Engineers, who have secured a bid to next week's
HCAC Tournament, return to action with their regular season home
finale against Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.