BLUFFTON, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology placed four players in double figures and improved
to 3-0 in HCAC play with a 63-43 men's basketball victory over
Bluffton University on Saturday.
Junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
led the offensive effort with 17 points on 6-11 from the
field. Senior Jon Gerken (Defiance,
Ohio/Tinora) added a double-double featuring 15 points and
11 rebounds as Rose-Hulman improved to 7-1 overall on the
Senior Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) scored 11 points, and senior Austin
Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) also reached double
figures with 10 points and six assists.
Other key contributors included senior Brenton Balsbaugh
(Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) with four points and three
rebounds; and junior Alec Houpt (Chesterton) with
four points off the bench.
Dustin Kinn and Will Pope led the Bluffton offensive effort with
eight points each.
Rose-Hulman shot 53% from the field for the game and was also
9-11 from the free throw line in a strong shooting
performance. The Fightin' Engineers also held their fourth
opponent to 45 points or less this season on the defensive end.
Bluffton jumped out to a 5-0 lead, before Rose-Hulman answered
with a 17-6 run to take a 17-11 edge on a layup by Gerken at the
After the Beavers closed within 19-14, Rose-Hulman closed the
first half on a 10-2 run to take a 29-16 lead into the break.
Gerken keyed the run with a three-pointer, with Strickland and
Weatherford combining for the other seven points.
In the second half, Rose-Hulman maintained a 13-point lead at
33-20 on two free throws by Strickland at the 17:42 mark. The
margin remained between 10 and 15 points until Gissentanner buried
a three-pointer at the 11:43 mark to push Rose-Hulman's lead to
Bluffton was able to close within 12 points on one occasion, but
another 13-6 run by the Engineers secured the victory.
Rose-Hulman returns to action with a non-conference home game
against Millikin University on Wednesday at 7:30.
Bluffton dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in league
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