EUREKA, ILL. -
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 2-1 on the men's
basketball season with a 54-46 victory over Eureka College on
Two Rose-Hulman players came off the bench to reach double
figures in scoring to pace the offensive effort. Sophomore
Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) scored 12
points with five rebounds, and freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) contributed 11 points and five
rebounds for the Engineers.
Other key contrubutors for Rose-Hulman included sophomores
Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./ Rockdale County)
and sophomore Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) with eight points each. Gissentanner
finished 3-6 from the field with five rebounds and three steals,
and Weatherford had a pair of assists.
Junior Spencer Harlan (Terre Haute/South)
and junior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) had five points each.
Two Eureka players combined for 30 of the 46 Red Devils
points. Andy Leppard had a game-high 16 points, and Jordan
Kindred added 14.
Rose-Hulman held Eureka to just 34% from the field,
recorded a 37-33 rebounding advantage and committed just 11
turnovers to win a tightly contested matchup.
Eureka led for the entire first half, pushing its lead to
23-18 at halftime. The Red Devils advantage reached double
figures at 37-27 with 11:34 left on a three-pointer by
Rose-Hulman answered with a 14-0 run over the next five
minutes to gain a 41-37 advantage. Strickland scored 11 of
Rose-Hulman's 14 points in the run, which also included a layup by
Gerken and a free throw by freshman James Pillischafske
Eureka regained the lead at 44-41, before scores by Gerken
and Gissentanner gave Rose-Hulman the edge for good at 45-44 with
2:47 left. Weatherford added four points, Gissentanner buried
a three-pointer and Gerken hit two free throws down the stretch,
while the Engineer defense held the hosts to just two points in the
last three minutes.
Rose-Hulman stands 2-1 on the season, while Eureka stands
0-3. The Fightin' Engineers welcome Millikin University to
Hulbert Arena for the home opener on Sunday at 7 p.m.