RICHMOND, IND. - Rose-Hulman retained the John
Mutchner Cup for the fourth straight year with a balanced scoring
attack and an 83-69 men's basketball win at Earlham on
Rose-Hulman placed five players in double figures in a
balanced scoring attack. Sophomore Austin Weatherford
(Cicero/Hamilton Heights) led the squad with 17 points and
five assists, along with seven rebounds.
Sophomore Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) pitched in with 16 points. The
Engineers improved to 6-1 overall and continued their best start
since 2003-04 with the victory.
Junior Jason Haslag (Linn, Mo./Helias
Interparrish) and freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) each scored 15 points for the
Sophomore Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) rounded out the double figure scorers with 10
points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Junior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) also provided eight points to the balanced
attack. Earlham placed four players in double figures, led by
Colton Bragg with 14 points.
Rose-Hulman shot 58% from the field and 89% from the free
throw line in a 47-point second half performance. The
Engineers shot 52% from the field for the game.
Rose-Hulman led by as much as 16 points in the first half,
before Earlham trimmed the margin to 36-30 at the half.
In the second half, the Engineers pushed the advantage to
12 points at 52-40, before Earlham clawed back to within five
points at 59-54 with 9:55 left. Two free throws by
Weatherford and six points from Strickland pushed the Rose-Hulman
lead to 67-54 at the 7:38 mark.
Earlham closed to within nine points down the stretch, but
two free throws each by Weatherford, Strickland and Knotts secured
Rose-Hulman's final margin of victory.
Rose-Hulman improved to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in HCAC
play, and travels to Transylvania University on Saturday. The
Engineers also retained the John Mutchner Cup, named for the former
Fightin' Engineer men's basketball coach and athletic director who
was also a standout athlete at Earlham. He has been inducted
to the Hall of Fame at both institutions. Earlham dropped to
1-6 and 0-3 in league play.