Two Fightin' Engineers Earn All-HCAC Honors

StricklandFONTTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) and junior Austin Weatherford (Cicero/Hamilton Heights) earned second-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in results released today by league coaches.

Strickland, who earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, led the team with a scoring average of 12.9 points per game.

Strickland scored 30 points in the HCAC Tournament title game victory over Transylvania that helped lift Rose-Hulman to its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance since 1999.

Strickland has scored over 650 points in his two years at Rose-Hulman.  He has reached double figures in scoring 21 times this season, including three games of over 20 points.

WeatherfordFC1Weatherford ranked second on the Engineers in scoring and has scored 839 points with 290 rebounds and 207 assists at Rose-Hulman.  He joined Strickland on the all-tournament team at the HCAC Tournament and scored a career-high 24 points in the first round win over Defiance.

Weatherford has reached double figures in scoring 23 times this season, with three games of 20 or more points.  He enters the NCAA Division III Tournament with 10 consecutive games featuring double figures in scoring.

Strickland and Weatherford also helped lead the squad to the fourth 20-win season in school history and the first since 1999.  The Engineers also ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring defense by allowing just 56.1 points per game.

Rose-Hulman opens the NCAA Division III Tournament with a matchup against North Central on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Central Time.  With a win on Friday, the Fightin' Engineers would face the winner of Friday's game between Washington University and Buena Vista on Saturday at 7 p.m. Central Time.