CLEVELAND, OHIO - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
topped Case Western Reserve University 71-63 in a men's basketball
matchup featuring two of the nation's top engineering institutions
Junior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) paced the Engineers with 20 points.
Knotts finished with four three-pointers and hit all eight of his
free throw attempts.
Junior Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) reached double figures with 14 points on 5-9 from
the field and 4-4 from the foul line.
Freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) rounded out the double figure scorers
with 12 points.
Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman included sophomore
Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) with eight
points; and sophomore Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) with seven points and seven assists.
For his efforts, Weatherford earned a spot on the
Case Western placed three players in double figures on the
afternoon. Austin Fowler had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Reid
Anderson scored 11 points and Mike Byrne added 10.
Case Western jumped out to a 15-6 lead, before the
Engineers answered with an 11-2 run to tie the score at 17-17 on a
layup by Gissentanner with 2:32 left in the opening
Another Gissentanner score put Rose-Hulman ahead for the
first time at 21-20, before Ryan Boken tied the halftime score at
23-23 on a three-pointer in the final seconds.
In the second half, Case Western maintained a narrow
four-point lead early in the half, before two free throws by Knotts
and Gissentanner off a technical foul tied the score at 38-38 with
12:44 left. The Engineers kept the rally going with a
conventional three-point play by Weatherford and a three-pointer by
Knotts to lead 44-39 at the 10:33 mark.
The floodgates then opened for Rose-Hulman, with
Strickland burying two straight three-pointers and junior
Jason Haslag (Linn, Mo./Helias Interparrish)
hitting another to give the Engineers a 53-39 lead with 7:51
left. Case Western closed within four points in the final
minute, but two free throws by Strickland two more by Knotts
secured the victory.
Rose-Hulman stands 1-1 on the season, while Case Western
Reserve dropped to 1-2. The Fightin' Engineers return to
action at Eureka College on Tuesday.
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