TERRE HAUTE, IND. - Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology placed four players in double figures and held off a
Defiance College charge to earn a 74-66 men's basketball victory in
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action on
Junior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) paced the offensive attack with 20 points
on five three-pointers and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw
Sophomore Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) added a balanced effort of 17 points, nine
rebounds and six assists.
Freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) pitched in with 15 points, five
rebounds and three blocks. Junior Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds against
his hometown college for his second career
Junior Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville,
Ohio/Arcanum) provided support with seven points, three
blocked shots and three steals off the bench.
The Engineer defense held Logan Wolfrum, the top scorer in
the HCAC, to just seven points on 2-17 from the field.
Anthony Brown scored 17 points for the Yellow
Kyle Tietje compiled a double-double with 13 points and 12
rebounds, with Leroy Lewis also reached double figures at 13
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a seven-point first half lead at
19-12, before Defiance tied the score with a 7-0 run. A layup
by Balsbaugh and a three-pointer from Knotts pushed the lead to
26-21 at the 5:12 mark of the first half.
Defiance gained a one-point lead at 31-30, before
Weatherford hit two free throws with three seconds left in the
first half to give Rose-Hulman a 32-31 lead at the
In the second half, Rose-Hulman held Defiance without a
point for 7:05 to turn a 38-37 lead into a 49-37 advantage at the
10:22 mark. The balanced attack featured a three-pointer from
Knotts, three points from Balsbaugh and Strickland, and a score
Defiance charged back to within one point at 55-54 on a
three-pointer by Brown at the 5:34 mark. Rose-Hulman answered
the run with two layups from Weatherford, another trey by Knotts
and two free throws from Strickland to gain a 64-54
Defiance closed within five points down the stretch, but
four late free throws by Gerken secured Rose-Hulman's fifth
With the win, Rose-Hulman is tied atop the HCAC standings
and continues its best start to a season since the 2003-04 squad
began the year with a 6-1 mark.
The Engineers stand 5-1 overall and 2-0 in HCAC play with
the victory. Defiance stands 3-3 and 1-1 in league
contests. The Engineers travel to Earlham College for the
John Mutchner Cup Game on Wednesday night at 7:30.
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