CINCINNATI, OHIO - Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology relied on its best defensive effort in seven seasons to
top Mount St. Joseph 56-38 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference men's basketball action on Saturday.
The 38 points allowed marked the fewest points scored by a
Rose-Hulman opponent since the Fightin' Engineers defeated Millsaps
College 65-38 during the 2003-04 season.
Junior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) led a balanced Rose-Hulman scoring attack
with 11 points on 5-6 from the free throw line.
Sophomores Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) and Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) joined freshman James Pillischafske
(Louisville, Ky./Male) with eight points each.
Gerken also led the squad with four assists and tied for team-high
honors with seven rebounds.
Sophomore Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) contributed seven points and also had seven
rebounds for the Engineers.
Ben Haarman came off the bench to become the only Mount
St. Joseph player in double figures with 11 points.
The two teams battled through a defensive minded first
half that resulted in Rose-Hulman holding a 21-17 lead at the
break. The largest lead in the opening 20 minutes was a
five-point Engineer margin.
In the second half, Mount St. Joseph captured a 23-21 lead
on a score by Clifford Cass at the 17:10 mark. The Engineers
answered with a 15-2 run to capture an 11-point lead at 36-25 with
9:31 remaining. Knotts and Pillischafske buried
three-pointers, before Gissentanner capped the run with three
Mount St. Joseph trimmed the margin to eight points at
40-32, but Rose-Hulman relied on three free throws by Gerken and
two each from Knotts and Weatherford to gain a 47-36 lead.
The Engineer defense then secured the victory by holding the Lions
without a field goal for the final 6:38.
Rose-Hulman improved to 10-5 on the season and 4-4 in HCAC
play, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 3-12 overall and 1-7 in
The Fightin' Engineers host No. 21 ranked and HCAC leading
Hanover College on Wednesday in the annual Greek Night Game
involving charitable contributions for local organizations
sponsored by the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Rose-Hulman
students attending the game in their Greek letters will receive
free pizza and soft drinks, courtesy of Alpha Tau Omega.