Men's Basketball Still Earning Votes in National Poll


TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball team continues to receive votes and is ranked 27th nationally in the national top 25 weekly poll released on Tuesday.

Rose-Hulman ranks second among the "others receiving votes" outside of the national top 25 in the current weekly poll with 47 points.  The Fightin' Engineers are also the only Indiana school to receive votes in the men's basketball national poll.

Rose-Hulman stands 15-2 on the season after earning victories over Franklin and Bluffton last week. The Fightin' Engineers lead all NCAA men's basketball programs in scoring defense, allowing just 48.8 points per game.  Rose-Hulman is joined by Division I Stephen F. Austin (49.8 ppg) as the only team's nationally allowing less than 50 points per contest.

The team's 11-game winning streak that ended in mid-January ranks third in school history.  Rose-Hulman's 13-1 start to the season also ranked as the best start to a season in men's basketball program history.

Offensively, junior Julian Strickland leads the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game, with senior Austin Weatherford also in double figures at 11.9.  The starting lineup also includes senior Jon Gerken (7.2), senior Brenton Balsbaugh (6.9) and junior James Pillischafske (5.0).

Rose-Hulman puts its league leading 9-1 mark in conference play on the line with Thursday's home game against Manchester University at 7:30.  The Fightin' Engineers have a one-game lead in the conference standings, ahead of Hanover and Transylvania at 8-2.