Men's Basketball Falls in OT Battle at Carroll


WeatherfordFC1WAUKESHA, WIS. -- Carroll University withstood two potential game winning scoring chances by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at the end of regulation, before earning a 65-59 overtime victory in a battle of two teams ranked in the National Top 30 on Tuesday night.

Rose-Hulman had two potential game winning shots in the final 30 seconds of regulation, but Carroll forced the defensive stop and the overtime period.

In the extra session, Carroll scored the first five points to gain a 56-51 lead and held a two-possession lead for much of the period, until freshman Jimmy Miller (Indianapolis/North Central) buried a three-pointer to bring Rose-Hulman within 61-59 with 25 seconds left.

The host Pioneers buried four free throws in the final seconds to secure the margin of victory.

Senior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) led all scorers with 20 points for his 10th career game of 20 or more points.

Miller poured in 11 points, with junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) adding 10 points and senior Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) scoring nine points.  Balsbaugh and senior Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) had a team-high eight rebounds and Strickland grabbed seven.  Weatherford also contributed six assists.

Kevin Hurd led the Carroll offense with 13 points, and Alec Molter also reached double figures with 12 points for the Pioneers.

Carroll improved to 3-0 on the season with the victory, while Rose-Hulman stands 2-1.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Wabash College on Monday night.