HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior
Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) scored under
the basket with 0.7 seconds remaining to lift the Fightin' Engineer
men's basketball team past Hanover College 62-61 in men's
basketball action on Saturday.
Hanover held a 61-60 lead with 4.4 seconds remaining after a
pass deflected out of bounds went to Rose-Hulman in front of the
Engineer bench. Senior Nate Gissentanner
(Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) tossed an inbounds pass to
Gerken, who muscled his way up in a lane full of defenders for the
game winning shot.
With the victory, Rose-Hulman moves to 9-1 on the season and 4-0
in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Fightin'
Engineers are tied with Mount St. Joseph for top honors in the HCAC
at 4-0 in league play.
Rose-Hulman battled back from an 11-point second half deficit to
earn its seventh straight win and its sixth consecutive
victory in games at Hulbert Arena. Senior Austin
Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) led the offensive
effort with 16 points and four assists.
Junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
added 12 points and seven assists, with freshman Jimmy
Miller (Indianapolis/North Central) coming off the bench
with 10 points.
Gerken contributed nine points and seven rebounds, with senior
Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum)
adding six points and eight rebounds to the effort.
Tim Bass paced the Hanover offense with 16 points on 6-9 from
the field. Ryan Nowicki added 15 points for the Panthers.
Hanover controlled much of the first half and led 13-2 at the
8:35 mark. The Engineers rallied to close within 26-22 at the
3:48 mark on a three-pointer by junior James Pillischafske
(Louisville, Ky./Male). Hanover regained a
nine-point lead at 31-22 at the break.
In the second half, the Panther lead reached 11 points at 42-31
on a basket by Nowicki with 15:03 remaining. Rose-Hulman
answered with an 11-0 run to knot the score at 42-42 on a
three-pointer by Weatherford at the 12:08 mark. The score was
knotted again at 47, 49, 51, 53 and 55 as the two teams battled
back and forth throughout the final 20 minutes.
Hanover built a six-point lead again at 61-55 with 2:26
remaining. Rose-Hulman then had a frantic possession,
featuring a loose ball offensive rebound by Gerken, that ended with
a Gerken three-pointer at the 1:11 mark to bring the Engineers
Gerken was then fouled after a steal with 39 seconds left,
setting the stage for Rose-Hulman to move within 61-60 on a score
in the paint by Strickland with 11 seconds remaining. The
Engineers then forced a turnover on the Hanover inbounds pass to
set the stage for its final possession.
Hanover stands 5-3 and 2-2 in league games. The Fightin'
Engineers host DePauw on Monday at Hulbert Arena.