Transylvania Rallies to Snap Men's Basketball Win Streak



gissentanner-tuTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Transylvania University snapped Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's 11-game men's basketball winning streak with a 69-60 victory at Hulbert Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Ethan Spurlin crossed the 1,000-point mark in his career and led Transylvania with 19 points.  Barrett Meyer added 18 points, and Brandon Rash scored 17 for the Pioneers.

Junior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) led the Rose-Hulman offensive attack with 18 points.  Senior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) added 16 points and six rebounds, with senior Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) reached double figures with 11 points and five boards.

Senior Jon Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) also contributed seven points to the Rose-Hulman effort.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 17-2 lead eight minutes into the contest, courtesy of two three-pointers by Weatherford and one by Strickland.  The Fightin' Engineers maintained a 10-point lead at the half at 36-26.

In the second half, Transylvania rallied to trim the margin to 45-42 on a three-pointer by Rash at the 14:28 mark.  Another Weatherford three-pointer gave Rose-Hulman a 50-44 lead, with Gissentanner keeping the Engineer margin at 54-48 on another trey at the 8:31 mark.

Transylvania answered with a 17-2 run over the next seven minutes to take a 65-56 lead after two straight layups by Spurlin.  The Engineers trimmed the margin to seven points at 67-60, but Transylvania buried two more free throws to secure the final margin.

Rose-Hulman shot 52% from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 50% from three-point range, but Transylvania answered with a 55% shooting effort in the second half to capture the victory.

Transylvania improved to 11-4 overall and 6-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Rose-Hulman stands 13-2 and 7-1 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers still hold a one-game lead in the conference standings and will travel to Franklin on Wednesday.