Rose-Hulman Wins Convincingly at Earlham

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RICHMOND, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a strong defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack to top Earlham College 73-43 in men's basketball action on Tuesday night.
 
Rose-Hulman improved to 10-2 overall and 4-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with the victory.
 
Sophomore Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) led the Fightin' Engineer offensive attack with 16 points and seven rebounds.  Junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) also reached double figures with 10 points.
 
Other key contributors included senior Blake Knotts (Louisville, Ky./Christian) with nine points on a trio of three-pointers, and junior Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) with eight points and eight rebounds.
 
Juniors Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) and Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) also provided depth with seven points.
 
Rose-Hulman shot 46% from the field and hit 15-22 free throw attempts in the offensive effort.
 
Defensively, Rose-Hulman lived up to its No. 1 ranking in the HCAC in defense by holding Earlham to 29% from the field and 25% from three-point range.  Colton Bragg led the Quakers with 11 points.

The Engineers set an early tone with a 9-0 lead by forcing five straight Earlham turnovers in the first five possessions.  Four different Engineers scored in the opening run.

Rose-Hulman extended its halftime lead to 34-19 by holding Earlham to just two points in the last 6:32 of the first half.  Strickland buried back-to-back jumpers and Balsbaugh capped the first half scoring with a free throw.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman quickly built a 20-point lead at 42-22 on scores by sophomore James Pillischafske (Louisville, Ky./Male) and Balsbaugh at the 16:53 mark.  Earlham trimmed the lead to 18 points once, but could not move closer down the stretch.
 
Rose-Hulman stands 10-2 overall, while Earlham dropped to 0-12.  The Engineers host Mount St. Joseph in another league matchup on Saturday at 3 p.m.