TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied
on a strong defensive effort to top Manchester College 59-29 in
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action on
Junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) led a balanced Rose-Hulman scoring attack with 12
points. Senior Blake Knotts (Louisville,
Ky./Christian) also reached double figures with 11
Jordan Moss scored a game-high 21 points on 9-15 from the field,
but Rose-Hulman limited the remainder of the Spartans offense to
one field goal in the victory.
Rose-Hulman held the Spartans to 17% from the field in the first
half to build a 30-11 lead at the break. Rose-Hulman buried
11 of 14 free throws in the contest, held the Spartans to just 21%
from the field, and outrebounded Manchester 49-30 in the
Other key contributors to the Rose-Hulman offense included
junior Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville,
Ohio/Arcanum) with eight points; junior Nate
Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) with eight
points and five rebounds; sophomore James Pillischafske
(Louisville, Ky./Male) with six points; and sophomore
Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) with five
points and seven rebounds.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 27-7 lead with 7:38 left in the
first half by enjoying a 16-0 run over six minutes. Knotts
and Weatherford keyed the offensive effort with two three-point
shots each, with the team holding Manchester without a post in the
six-minute spurt to secure the victory.
Rose-Hulman improved to 6-1 to match last season's seven-game
record. The Fightin' Engineers also stand 2-0 in HCAC play
and return to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Bluffton.
Manchester dropped to 3-5 and 1-1 in league play.