TERRE HAUTE, IND. --
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on another strong
defensive effort to top in-state rival Wabash College 61-37 in
men's basketball action on Monday night.
The Fightin' Engineers improved to 3-1 on the season and held
their third opponent to 45 points or less in the season's first
The defensive performance marked the first time since 1942 that
Rose-Hulman held Wabash to under 40 points in a
game. The Fightin' Engineers held Wabash to just
36% from the field and 1-11 from three-point range in the
Junior James Pillischafske (Louisville,
Ky./Male) (pictured) led the Rose-Hulman offensive attack
with 14 points on four three-point field goals.
Senior Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) came off the bench for 11 points, and
junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
helped balanced the scoring output with nine points.
Senior Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville,
Ohio/Arcanum) contributed eight points and five
rebounds, with senior Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) adding eight points, four rebounds and
Senior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) provided seven points and team-highs of nine
rebounds and four assists.
The teams battled through a tightly contested first half, before
Rose-Hulman held a 28-26 lead at the 16:17 mark of the second
half. The Fightin' Engineers turned up the defense with a
12-2 run over the next seven minutes to push the lead to 40-28 with
under nine minutes to play. Pillischafske and Weatherford
provided key three-point shots in the spurt.
Rose-Hulman returns to action with its home opener against
Fontbonne University on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Hulbert