LEXINGTON, KY. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on
a fast start to the second half to top Defiance College 76-67 in
the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Men's Basketball Tournament on Friday night.
Junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) scored a career-high 24 points on 7-13 from the
field and 6-6 from the line to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.
Sophomore Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
added 18 points on 8-10 from the field. Junior Nate
Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) also reached
double figures with 16 points.
Logan Wolfrum led the Defiance offense with his third 20-point
game of the season against Rose-Hulman with 21 points.
Anthony Brown and Kyle Tietje added 11 points each.
The Fightin' Engineers shot 60% from the field for the first
time since a 2010 victory over DePauw University. Rose-Hulman
led by five points at 35-30 early in the second half, before
enjoying a 12-3 run to increase the lead to 47-33 midway through
Defiance rallied to within four points at 71-67, before
Gissentanner buried a three-pointer at the 1:06 mark to increase
the edge to 74-67 and secure the Rose-Hulman victory.
Rose-Hulman improved to 18-8 overall and advances to Saturday's
HCAC Tournament Semifinal Round against Hanover College on Saturday
at 5 p.m. Defiance closed the season at 13-13 overall.