TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology relied on a strong defensive performance to earn a 54-42
men's basketball victory over Mount St. Joseph on
With the win, Rose-Hulman moved into a
first-place tie in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
standings at 5-1 in league play. The Fightin' Engineers
improved to 11-2 overall.
Sophomore James Pillischafske
(Louisville, Ky./Male) led the Fightin' Engineers with 12
points, including a perfect 4-4 on three-point shots. Senior
Blake Knotts (Louisville, Ky./Male) came off the
bench with nine points.
Other key contributors for the Engineers
included sophomore Jake Dodd (St. Peters, Mo./Missouri-St.
Louis) with seven points and three rebounds; junior
Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) with
seven points, two rebounds and two assists; and junior Jon
Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) with five
VJ Evans led Mount St. Joseph with a
game-high 14 points, and Clifford Cass reached double figures with
10 points for the Lions.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 32-14 lead at
halftime by holding Mount St. Joseph to just 27% from the field and
1-7 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
Rose-Hulman held Mount St. Joseph to just three points over a
nine-minute span of the first half to turn a 13-9 lead into a 29-12
In the second half, Mount St. Joseph trimmed
the deficit to 13 points on three occasions, before a late
three-pointer by Cass brought the margin to 12. Two
three-pointers by Pillischafske helped the Engineers withstand
Mount St. Joseph rallies.
Rose-Hulman travels to Anderson in another
league matchup on Wednesday at 7:30. Mount St. Joseph stands
6-7 overall and 2-4 in league contests.