Balanced Attack Leads Rose-Hulman Past Eureka

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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 night.

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 double-double.

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 points each.

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 the victory.

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 half.

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 50-46.

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.