TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology improved to 8-1 on the men's basketball season with a
67-43 non-conference victory over Millikin University on Wednesday
night at Hulbert Arena.
Junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike)
led the offensive effort with 14 points on 5-10 from the field, six
rebounds and four assists. Senior Brenton Balsbaugh
(Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) added 12 points, six rebounds
and three blocked shots.
Senior Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale
County) reached double figures with 10 points and
contributed five rebounds. Senior Austin Weatherford
(Cicero/Hamilton Heights) had eight points, five rebounds
and four assists, while junior James Pillischafske
(Louisville, Ky./Male) pitched in with eight points.
Chase Robbins led the Millikin offensive effort with eight
points. Alex Tueth and Jaylon Owens had six points
each. The Big Blue were the fifth Rose-Hulman opponent to
score 45 points or less in a game this season, and the Engineers
continue to rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense.
The Fightin' Engineers 64% from the field and 60% from
three-point range in the first half to build a 36-19 lead
at the break. Weatherford hit two layups and
Pillischafske buried a three to help Rose-Hulman gain a 14-4 edge
in the first seven minutes. After Millikin trimmed the lead
to eight, Strickland scored seven of nine points in a spurt to push
Rose-Hulman's advantage to 33-18 at the 2:47 mark.
In the second half, Rose-Hulman held Millikin to just two points
in the first five minutes to gain a 42-21 edge on a score by
Gissentanner at the 15:10 mark. The Big Blue twice cut the
deficit to 14 points but could get no closer as the
Engineers secured the win.
Rose-Hulman will put its 3-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference record on the line in Saturday's 3 p.m. home matchup
with Hanover College. Millikin dropped to 3-6 on the