TERRE HAUTE, IND. - Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology continued its best start to a season in
more than a decade with a 64-49 men's basketball victory over
Fontbonne University on Tuesday.
Rose-Hulman improved to 7-2 overall to mark the team's
best start since the 1998-99 campaign that resulted in a Southern
Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA
Division III Tournament.
Freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) led the Engineers with 14 points,
three blocks and three steals.
Sophomore Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville,
Ohio/Arcanum) poured in 11 points with eight rebounds, and
sophomore Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) added
his third double-double of the year with 10 points and 11
Junior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) and sophomore Nate Gissentanner
(Conyers, Ga./ Rockdale County) each contributed nine
points to the effort.
Rose-Hulman trailed 10-2 early in the first half, before
enjoying a 21-5 run to gain a 23-15 lead on a score by sophomore
Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) with
4:09 left in the half.
The Rose-Hulman lead reached 10 points at the break with a
30-20 margin. The Engineers started the second half on a 10-4
spurt to push the lead to 40-24 on a three-pointer by Knotts at the
Rose-Hulman's lead reached as high as 22 points, before
Fontbonne closed to within the final 15-point margin on two
Rose-Hulman improved to 7-2 on the season, while Fontbonne
stands 2-7. The Engineers host Robert Morris-Springfield on
Thursday at 7:30 p.m.