ATLANTA, GA. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
relied on strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to defeat
Oglethorpe University 68-50 in men's basketball action on
Rose-Hulman stands 2-0 for the first time
since the 1992-93 season with the victory. The Fightin'
Engineers also won the 999th game in program history.
Senior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) paced four Engineers in double figures with
13 points. Knotts hit three shots from beyond the three-point
line to pace the shooting effort.
Sophomore Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) added 12 points and eight
Junior Brenton Balsbaugh
(Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) recorded his first career
double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior
Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) also
reached double figures with 10 points, and junior Jon
Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) contributed seven
points. Alec Pitts led Oglethorpe
with 18 points.
Strickland was named Most Valuable Player of
the Oglethorpe Classic for his efforts over two games.
Sophomore James Pillischafske (Louisville,
Ky./Male) also earned a spot on the all-tournament team
after a 23-point effort vs. Millsaps.
Rose-Hulman relied on a strong defensive
effort by holding Oglethorpe to 29% shooting from the field in the
contest. The Fightin' Engineers also shot 46% from the field
and hit eight three-pointers in the victory.
Oglethorpe held a 9-7 lead seven minutes
into the first half, before Rose-Hulman scored 10 straight points
to take a 19-9 lead. Knotts capped the run with a
three-pointer as the Fightin' Engineers held the Stormy Petrels
without a point for over six minutes.
The run continued with eight more
Rose-Hulman points, with Stickland ending the streak on a
three-pointer. Rose-Hulman outscored Oglethorpe 20-3 over a
nine-minute span of the first half to take control of the
Oglethorpe trimmed the margin to eight
points early in the second half, before one more Rose-Hulman rally
put the game out of reach. The Engineers enjoyed a 13-2 run
to take a 46-25 lead on a three-pointer by Gerken with 13:33
Rose-Hulman stands 2-0 and will look for the
program's 1,000th win on Tuesday night at Fontbonne
University. Oglethorpe dropped to 1-2 on the campaign.
The Fightin' Engineers host Wabash in the home opener on Nov.