TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed
five players in double figures to top Eureka College 92-70 in
non-conference men's basketball action at Hulbert Arena on Thursday
Sophomore James Pillischafske (Louisville,
Ky./Male) led the Engineers with 20 points. Junior
Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) added
a career-high 18 points and contributed 10 rebounds for a
Sophomore Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
pitched in with his first career double-double in a 15-point effort
that included a career-high 10 rebounds.
Senior Blake Knotts (Louisville, Ky./Christian)
and sophomore Jake Dodd (St. Peters, Mo./Missouri-St.
Louis) rounded out the double figrue scorers with 10
Senior Jason Haslag (Linn, Mo./Helias
Interparrish) contributed six points, four assists and
three rebounds to the balanced effort.
The 92 points marked Rose-Hulman's highest offensive output in a
game since a 102-52 win over Blackburn in December 2007.
Dustin Fritsch led the Eureka offense with 23 points and 12
rebounds. Rian Nailor added 18 points, with Jordan Kindred
contributing 10 for the Red Devils.
Rose-Hulman shot 58% from the field in an impressive 56-point
performance in the second half. The Engineers hit 6-9 from
three-point range and also buried 30 free throws at an 86% clip in
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 19-9 lead on two free throws by
Pillischafske at the 13:05 mark. Eureka answered with a 13-2
run to claim a 22-21 lead at the 10:34 mark of the opening
The two teams battled to within one possession for much of the
rest of the first half, with Rose-Hulman relying on four free
throws in the last minute of the opening 20 minutes by Strickland
to take a 36-34 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Rose-Hulman relied on a three-pointer by
Pillischafske and a layip by Balsbaugh to capture a 48-38 lead with
15:37 left. Eureka again trimmed the margin to four points at
With the score 60-53, Rose-Hulman turned up the offense in a
10-2 run over three minutes to take a 70-55 lead on a three-pointer
by Dodd at the 7:29 mark. Eureka was unable to take the lead
to single digits in the rest of the game.
Rose-Hulman improved to 8-1 on the season and continued its best
start to a season since 1992-93, while Eureka dropped to 5-4.
The Fightin' Engineers travel to Hanover College in a Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday at 3 p.m.