TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 13-1 overall, 7-0 in league play and extended its winning streak to 11 games in a 69-40 win over Anderson University on Wednesday night.
Senior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) highlighted the evening by crossing the 1,000-point mark in his career with seven points. Weatherford has now scored 1,004 points in his Fightin' Engineer career and became the 28th member of Rose-Hulman's 1,000-point club.
Four Rose-Hulman players reached double figures in a balanced scoring attack. Juniors James Pillischafske (Louisville, Ky./Male) and Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) led the way with 13 points each.
Senior Nate Gissentanner (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County) and freshman Jimmy Miller (Indianapolis/North Central) pitched in with 10 points each. Weatherford scored seven, and junior Jake Dodd (St. Peters, Mo./Missouri-St. Louis) contributed six points.
Rose-Hulman held its fifth opponent this season to 40 points or less in the victory. The nation's leading defensive scoring average dropped to just 46.7 points per game in the victory.
Nate Gross led the Anderson scoring attack with 11 points, and Micah Smith added six points for the Ravens.
Rose-Hulman started fast, jumping out to a 14-4 lead after Weatherford's 1,000th point on a three-point play, a trey by Pillischafske and a layup by Miller. The lead reached 15 points at 22-7 after another Miller basket.
Anderson closed to within 12 points at 32-20 at the break, but Rose-Hulman started the second half on a 13-3 run to build a 43-23 on five straight points from Strickland at the 17:26 mark. The Engineers led by more than 20 points for the rest of the game.
The balanced Rose-Hulman attack featured 10 players denting the scoring column.
Rose-Hulman improved to 13-1 for the first time in school history and the team's 11-game winning streak ranks third in the 100-plus year history of Fightin' Engineer men's basketball.
Rose-Hulman hosts Transylvania University on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hulbert Arena. Anderson dropped to 7-7 and 3-4 in league play.
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