TERRE HAUTE, IND. -
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology continued its best start to a
season since 1999 at 8-2 with a 90-48 victory over Robert
Morris-Springfield on Thursday at Hulbert Arena.
Sophomore Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) led the balanced Fightin' Engineer attack with a
season-high 17 points. Sophomore Brenton Balsbaugh
(Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) added a career-high 14 points
on a perfect 7-7 from the field.
Freshman James Pillischafske (Louisville,
Ky./Male) rounded out the double figure scorers with 11
points on 3-4 from three-point range.
Six Fightin' Engineers recorded career-high scoring
efforts in the game. In addition to Balsbaugh and
Pillischafske, other Rose-Hulman players with career-highs included
freshman Jordy Martin (New Albany) with five
points and five assists; junior Jordan Nielson (Syracuse,
Utah/ Clearfield) with four points; junior Zach
Kleman (Mansfield, Ohio/St. Peters) with three points; and
freshman Alec Houpt (Chesterton) with two
Other key contributors to the balanced effort included
junior Blake Knotts (Louisville, Ky./Christian)
with nine points and six assists; sophomore Austin
Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) and junior
Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) with eight
points; and sophomore Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) with seven points.
Tim Tarver led the Robert Morris offense with 19 points,
and Trey David also reached double figures with 13.
The contest marked the first time Rose-Hulman has crossed
the 90-point mark in a game since a 102-52 victory over Blackburn
on December 19, 2007. Rose-Hulman shot 60% from the field in
the first half and 55% for the game, including six
three-pointers. The Engineers held Robert Morris to 32% from
Robert Morris led 11-10 midway through the first half,
before Rose-Hulman responded with an 18-3 run to take a 28-14 lead
on a layup by Gissentanner at the 6:22 mark. The run
continued as the Fightin' Engineers earned a 22-point advantage at
40-18 on a three-pointer by Knotts with 2:40 left in the first
Rose-Hulman opened the second half with a 12-0 run to earn
a 60-21 advantage and secure their eighth victory of the
Rose-Hulman improved to 8-2 on the season, while Robert
Morris-Springfield dropped to 9-5. The Fightin' Engineers
return to action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. home matchup against
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