TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology improved to 10-1 on the men's basketball season with a
52-39 victory over in-state rival DePauw University on Monday
Junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
led the Rose-Hulman offense with 20 points, six rebounds and five
assists. Senior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton
Heights) also reached double figures with 13 points, five
rebounds and four assists.
Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman included junior
James Pillischafske (Louisville, Ky./Male) with
six points on two three-pointers; senior Nate Gissentanner
(Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) with five points; and
senior Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenvile. Ohio/Arcanum)
with four points and five offensive rebounds.
Rose-Hulman held its sixth opponent to under 45 points in a game
this season in the victory. The Fightin' Engineers entered
the game ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense and helped its
cause by holding the visiting Tigers to 39 points on 39% shooting
from the field. Barry Flynn led the DePauw offense with 11
The Fightin' Engineers also stand 10-1 for the first time since
the 1990-91 season after the win.
Rose-Hulman shot 44% from the field in the first half to earn a
28-19 halftime advantage. DePauw scored the game's first five
points, but Rose-Hulman answered with a 24-8 run to earn a 24-13
lead on back-to-back three-pointers by Weatherford and
The lead stayed at nine at the break after Rose-Hulman held
DePauw to just one field goal in the last five minutes of the first
In the second stanza, Rose-Hulman quickly jumped out to a 33-19
lead on a three-pointer by Weatherford and a layup by Strickland at
the 18:58 mark. DePauw trimmed the margin to 11 points at
31-22, but Rose-Hulman again stepped up its defense with a 9-2 run
over the next six minutes, earning a 42-24 edge on two free
throws by Strickland at the 11:06 mark.
Rose-Hulman improved to 10-1 on the season and returns to action
on Jan. 2 against Earlham College. The Fightin' Engineers
enter the Holiday break tied for first place in the Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with Mount St. Joseph at
4-0 in league play. DePauw stands 4-4 overall.