MILWAUKEE, WIS. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology placed three players in double figures and relied on a
strong defensive effort to top Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
79-45 in the men's basketball opener for both schools on
Junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
scored 23 points, and senior Austin Weatherford
(Cicero/Hamilton Heights) also reached double figures with
Senior Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) came
off the bench to tally his fifth career double-double with 13
points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Jimmy Milller
(Indianapolis/North Central) scored nine points with four
rebounds, and senior Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville,
Ohio/Arcanum) added six points and five boards.
Rose-Hulman shot 56% from the field and hit 12 of 15 free throw
attempts in the first half to take a 46-24 lead into the
locker room. RPI took an early 5-0 lead, before Rose-Hulman
responded with a 25-4 run to take control of the game midway
through the first half.
The lead 20 points at 31-11 on a score by Balsbaugh at the 7:20
mark of the first half. Rose-Hulman's edge reached as high as
26 points in the opening 20 minutes on a trey by junior
James Pillischafske (Louisville, Ky./Male) at the
In the second half, RPI closed to within 16 points at 50-34, but
an 18-9 run over the next five minutes put Rose-Hulman ahead 68-43
and secured the first victory of the season.
Rose-Hulman advances to the championship game of the Milwaukee
School of Engineering Tournament, and will face the host
Raiders on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Indiana time.