Men's Basketball Finishes 3-0 in France



746-teamPARIS, FRANCE -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball team completed its trip to France with a perfect 3-0 record after an 83-58 victory over Coulommiers.

The team has returned safely home and arrived back in the Wabash Valley early Wednesday morning.

Jason Haslag led a balanced scoring attack that featured four players in double figures with 14 points.  Julian Strickland contributed 13 points to the effort, with Blake Knotts and James Pillischafske adding 11 points each.

Nate Gissentanner pitched in with eight points, and Spencer Harlan scored six points early in the fourth quarter to provide another inside presence.

Coulommiers jumped out to a 7-2 lead early, before Rose-Hulman rallied to knot the score at 17-17 on a three-pointer by Haslag to end the first quarter.

The Fightin' Engineers poured in 30 points during the 10-minute second quarter to claim a 47-31 lead at the intermission.  Consecutive three-pointers by Knotts and Pillischafske, followed by another set of treys by Knotts and Pillischafske helped put the team in control of the matchup.

Rose-Hulman then extended the lead to 66-47 after the third quarter as part of the 83-58 victory.  All Rose-Hulman players started at least one game during the trip and played in each half, with all 12 available players scoring in the trip finale.

The trip also featured a total of 10 days in Paris and Normandy, and marked the fifth trip abroad during the current 18-year era of men's basketball head coach Jim Shaw.

Rose-Hulman compiled a 3-0 record on its trip to France and will open the 2011-12 season at the Oglethorpe University Invitational on Nov. 18-19.