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