Rose-Hulman Improves to 8-2 with 90-48 Win Over RMS


GissentannerRMSTERRE 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 points.

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 the field.

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 half.

Rose-Hulman opened the second half with a 12-0 run to earn a 60-21 advantage and secure their eighth victory of the season.

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 DePauw University