TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology shot
64% from the field in the second half to overcome an early deficit
and defeat Franklin College 75-65 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night.
Junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) led four Fightin' Engineers in double figures
with 20 points. Sophomore Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) added 16 points for the balanced
Senior Blake Knotts (Louisville, Ky./Christian)
contributed 11 points, while junior Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) added a double-double with 10 points and 10
The victory was also the 250th for head coach Jim Shaw at
Rose-Hulman. Shaw ranks second in school history with 250
victories, behind only the 340 career wins of 25-year coach John
Mutchner, and is completing his 18th season as head coach.
Will Conoley led the Franklin offense with 19 points and eight
rebounds. Bailey Howard pitched in with 14 points, and Gunner
Erwin scored 11 for the Grizzlies.
Franklin jumped out to a 15-2 lead seven minutes into the
contest, before Rose-Hulman whittled the lead to 23-18 at the 5:29
mark on a score by senior Jason Haslag (Linn, Mo./Helias
Franklin withstood the charge to take a 33-26 lead into the
break on a three-pointer by Clay Starrett at the buzzer.
Rose-Hulman opened the second half on an 11-1 run to take its
first lead at 37-34 on a three-pointer by Weatherford with 16:38
left. A score by Gerken kept the Engineer lead at 46-43,
before J.T. Barton tied the game again at 46-46 with 11:52
Rose-Hulman answered with five straight points to take the lead
for good at 51-46 with 9:46 remaining. Strickland scored
back-to-back field goals and Haslag added a free throw in the
The Engineer lead reached seven points on four occasions in the
second half, before two free throws by Strickland and a layup by
Gerken gave Rose-Hulman a double figure lead at 70-60 in the final
Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman included Haslag with
seven points and three rebounds, and sophomore Jake Dodd
(St. Peters, Mo./Missouri-St. Louis) with four points.
Rose-Hulman improved to 13-3 overall and 7-2 in HCAC play, while
Franklin stands 9-7 and 6-3 in league games. The Fightin'
Engineers remain in second place in the league, one game behind
Transylvania, and return to action on Saturday at Bluffton.