TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Anderson University guard Phil Hogan
scored 26 points and the Ravens withstood a late rally by
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to earn a 60-49 men's
basketball victory on Wednesday.
Hogan finished 10-16 from the floor and was joined in double
figures by Andrew Bowman for Anderson with 10 points.
Junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) led Rose-Hulman with 14 points on 5-7 from the
field. Junior Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) also reached double figures with 10
Sophomore Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
contributed eight points and a game-high five assists for the
Engineers, with junior Nate Gissentanner (Conyers,
Ga./Rockdale County) scoring six points and adding a
season-high 11 rebounds.
Anderson led 11-3 after seven minutes, before Rose-Hulman closed
to within 13-10 on a score by Gerken and 20-17 on another Gerken
layup at the 3:41 mark of the first half.
The Ravens pushed the lead to 28-19 with a 9-2 run, before
scores by Gerken and Strickland brought Rose-Hulman within 30-23 at
Anderson regained a 12-point lead at 35-23 on a score by Hogan,
but Rose-Hulman rallied to within six points at 39-33 on a layup by
junior Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville,
Ohio/Arcanum). The Ravens answered with a 12-4 run
to earn a 51-37 edge with 6:46 left.
Rose-Hulman chipped away at the lead and cut the margin to eight
points at 55-47 on a four-point play by Weaatherford followed by a
Gerken layup at the 2:21 mark. Anderson held the Engineers to
two points the rest of the way to secure the win.
Anderson improved to 14-6 overall and 7-6 in league play, while
Rose-Hulman stands 14-6 on the season and 8-5 in conference
games. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Saturday
with a 6 p.m. home game against Transylvania University.