Second Half Rally Falls Short in Loss to Transylvania


LEXINGTON, KY. -- Transylvania University withstood a second half charge by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to earn a 60-46 men's basketball victory in a battle of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference co-leaders on Saturday.

With the win, Transylvania improves to 13-2 overall and 7-1 in HCAC play.  Rose-Hulman falls into a second place tie one game behind the Pioneers at 12-3 overall and 6-2 in league games.

Sophomore Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) led the Engineer offense with 15 points.  Sophomore Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) also reached double figures with 12 points.

Sophomore James Pillischafske (Louisville, Ky./Male) joined junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) with seven points each.

Ethan Spurlin led the Transylvania offense with 20 points, and Brandon Rash also reached double figures with 16 points.

Transylvania led 30-28 after a tightly contested first half.  The Pioneers relied on a 15-3 run to start the second half to take a 45-31 edge on a score by Spurlin at the 13:18 mark.

Rose-Hulman answered with seven straight points to move within 45-38 with 10:08 left.  Strickland buried a three-pointer and a two-pointer, with Pillischafske adding a field goal in the rally.

Three free throws by Weatherford brought Rose-Hulman within 48-41 at the 7:02 mark.  Transylvania answered with nine straight points to take a 57-41 lead and secure the victory.

Rose-Hulman returns to action with a Wednesday home matchup against Franklin College at 7:30 p.m.