CLEVELAND, OHIO -
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed three players in double
figures but could not overcome Wilmington College in a tightly
contested 66-57 opening night men's basketball loss on
The margin never reached double figures in the defensive
minded contest that served as the first semifinal game of the
Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Memorial Tournament at Case Western Reserve
Freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) came off the bench to lead Rose-Hulman
with 14 points. Strickland finished 5-10 from the field with
Sophomores Nate Gissentanner (Conyers,
Ga./Rockdale County) and Austin Weatherford
(Cicero/Hamilton Heights) scored 11 points each.
Gissentanner was 5-9 from the field with a team-high six
rebounds. Weatherford had a team-high five
Junior Spencer Harlan (Terre Haute/South
Vigo) added nine points on 4-4 from the field, and junior
Jason Haslag (Linn, Mo./Helias Interparrish) added
five points to the effort.
Wilmington jumped out to an early seven-point lead, before
two straight baskets by Weatherford closed the margin to
The Quakers pushed the lead to seven points at 32-25, but
Rose-Hulman rallied with a 7-2 run to close within 34-32 at the
break. Three points from sophomore Brenton Balsbaugh
(Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) and a layup at the buzzer by
Weatherford off a Strickland steal provided the spark.
Rose-Hulman gained a three-point lead at 40-37 early in
the second half on two straight scores by Gissentanner. The
score was tied at 43-43 and the teams battled with little margin
again until a layup by Harlan put the Engineers ahead 50-49 with
Wilmington answered with eight straight points, before
Gissentanner drained a three-pointer to move the Engineers within
57-53 at the 6:35 mark. The Quakers defensive effort turned
into the story, holding Rose-Hulman to just one field goal in the
last six minutes.
Wilmington improved to 2-0 overall, while Rose-Hulman
stands 0-1. The Fightin' Engineers square off against host
Case Western University, who lost 57-55 to Washington &
Jefferson on Friday, in the matchup.