Rose-Hulman Falls to Mount St. Joseph on Senior Day


GissentannerRMSTERRE HAUTE, IND. - Mount St. Joseph relied on a school record tying 39 points from Ben Haarman to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 58-52 on the Fightin' Engineer Senior Day at Hulbert Arena.

Rose-Hulman has earned the No. 5 seed for the upcoming Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and will face Transylvania University on Friday at 6 p.m. at Manchester College. 

Haarman finished 10-23 from the field and 15-16 from the free throw line to lead the Lions offense.

For Rose-Hulman, freshman Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) scored a team-high 15 points with five rebounds.

Sophomore Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) added 10 points, and junior Spencer Harlan (Terre Haute/South Vigo) scored nine points with eight rebounds.

Sophomore Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) came off the bench for a career-high 12 rebounds and added five assists.

The Engineers also celebrated Senior Day for Steve Ricks (Pittsboro/Tri-West) who had a first-half basket and played a career-high 22 minutes in the contest.

Rose-Hulman held Mount St. Joseph to just 18% from the field in the first half to earn a 19-18 halftime advantage.  The Lions opened the second half on an 11-2 run to gain a 30-21 lead, before a three-pointer by Weatherford and a layup by Harlan brought the Engineers to within 33-30 at the 12:39 mark.

Mount St. Joseph built the lead back to 11 points at 44-33 with 7:08 left and maintained an 11-point edge at 49-38 with 2:58 left.  The Engineers marched back to within 55-50 on two free throws by freshman Jordy Martin (New Albany) and a layup from Strickland with 44 seconds left.

Jordan Ponzer hit one of two free throws as Mount St. Joseph gained a 56-50 lead, before Gissentanner scored with 24 seconds to make the score 56-52.  Rose-Hulman forced a turnover, but after an Engineer turnover, Haarman secured the win with a pair of free throws at the nine-second mark.

Rose-Hulman stands 16-9 overall and finished 10-8 in regular season league play, while Mount St. Joseph completed the season at 7-18 and 5-13 in conference games.