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
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.