News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 14, 2013

Rose-Hulman rides stingy defense past Manchester

Engineers' women's team comes up short

Andy Amey
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The first half of Saturday afternoon’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball game was probably a better assessment of host Rose-Hulman than the last 20 minutes.

Coach Jim Shaw’s Engineers held visiting Manchester to just 15 points — and just 15 shots from the field, to go along with 11 turnovers — in building a 33-15 advantage, enabling Rose to coast to a 74-57 win.

“Human nature is difficult to fight off,” Shaw said. “We generally defended pretty well, but in the second half we got a little too handsy; we started fouling, and that leads to other defensive issues.”

Aside from some occasional inability to finish at the rim, however — “I thought it was a missed-layup drill for both teams,” the coach noted after the game — Shaw was reasonably happy with his team’s progress in trying to defend its HCAC championship.

A strong senior class from the 2012-2013 edition of the Engineers left some holes to be filled for this year, and on Saturday it was Michael Hallstein who showed he was ready for increased playing time with a 13-point, five-rebound performance off the bench.

One of the remaining starters, though, is Julian Strickland, the reigning HCAC Player of the Year, and the absence of his graduated teammates is giving the senior even more ways to shine this winter — 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and his usual job guarding the other team’s top offensive threat on Saturday, for example.

“We’ve had seven games in 14 days, and that really tough on college kids who are studying,” said Shaw, almost apologetic that Strickland hadn’t matched his 23-point average.

“I’m one of the captains, I’ve been here four years, and it’s just kind of that leadership role,” Strickland himself said of what he’s doing for the current bunch of Engineers. “There’s only so much [Shaw] can do … when the team gets down or when the offense gets stagnant, it’s up to me to make sure we’re not setting [for jump shots] and that our defense is where it’s supposed to be.”

Strickland set the tone early for the Engineers, assisting on Tyler Duffy’s game-opening 3-pointer, then stealing the ball and stepping through a defender for a finish that few Rose players have ever had in their repertoire. It was 18-5 with 8:34 left in the first half after a 3-pointer capped a personal 7-0 run by Hallstein, and the Engineers were on their way.

“I finished well and I didn’t miss too many shots [5 for 6 from the field, 2 for 4 at the line], and that’s always a good combination,” Hallstein said after the game. “I didn’t see much [varsity] time last year. But we have a bunch of guys who can step up and do what I did today; any game it could be any one of us.”

That’s a blessing or a curse — but mostly a blessing, Shaw indicated.

“We have a lot of guys,” the coach acknowledged. “Now knowing who is going to contribute on a given day is an issue. … Mike has played well for a few games in a row now; he’s one guy of several who we can count on.”

“Mike did a great job today finishing around the rim and knocking down shots,” Strickland said. “You crawl before you walk, and you walk before you run, but the time [for the new members of the regular rotation] will come. We’ll be a lot better team by the end of the season.”

Jimmy Miller added 10 points and six rebounds and James Pillischafske added nine points for Rose. Brady Dolezal led the Spartans with 15 and freshman Chase Casteel of Monrovia was the main factor in Manchester’s second-half scoring by hitting his first five shots from the field, four from 3-point range.



MANCHESTER (57) — Dolezal 4-7 7-10 15, Schrock 3-6 0-0 6, Brown 0-3 0-0 0, Brouwer 2-5 3-4 7, Newlin 0-3 0-0 0, Titus 1-5 0-0 3, Casteel 5-6 0-0 14, Fietshans 1-1 3-4 5, Jackson 1-2 0-0 2, Berry 2-3 0-0 5, Butler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-41 FG, 13-18 FT, 57 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (74) — Strickland 7-14 2-2 17, Miller 5-11 0-0 10, Houpt 2-7 2-2 6, Martin 2-3 0-0 6, Duffy 2-4 0-0 6, Hallstein 5-6 2-4 13, Pillischafske 3-8 0-0 9, Povaleri 0-2 0-0 0, Wojcik 2-7 0-0 5, Reynolds 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 1-2 0-0 2, McHugh 0-0 0-0 0, Decker 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-66 FG, 6-8 FT, 74 TP.

Halftime — RH 33, Manchester 15. 3-point shooting — Manchester 6-10 (Casteel 4-4, Titus 1-1, Berry 1-1, Brouwer 0-1, Newlin 0-1), RH 10-27 (Pillischafske 3-6, Duffy 2-2, Martin 2-3, Hallstein 1-2, Strickland 1-4, Wojcik 1-6, Houpt 0-1, Reynolds 0-1, Miller 0-2). Total fouls — Manchester 12, RH 16. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — Manchester 15, RH 8. Rebounds — Manchester 24 (Brouwer 6, Brown 4, Casteel 3, Schrock 2, Newlin 2, Titus 2, Feitshans, Jackson, Butler, Team 2), RH 37 (Strickland 7, Miller 6, Hallstein 5, Duffy 4, Houpt 3, Martin 2, Pillischafske 2, Williams 2, Wojcik, Decker, Team 4). Assists — Manchester 11 (Dolezal 3, Feitshans 3, Casteel 2, Schrock, Brouwer, Jackson), RH 21 (Strickland 7, Martin 4, Duffy 3, Wojcik 3, Miller, Houpt, Pillischafske, Povaleri). Steals — Manchester 3 (Dolezal, Brown, Titus), RH 7 (Strickland 2, Miller, Martin, Hallstein, Pillischafske, Povaleri). Blocks — Manchester 2 (Schrock, Titus), RH 0. Att — 350.

Next — Rose-Hulman (6-3, 2-1 HCAC) hosts John Carroll next Saturday. Manchester is 1-9 and 0-3.



n Manchester 61, Rose-Hulman 42 — In the women’s game that preceded the men’s contest, 23 of the players involved combined to shoot 34 percent from the field.

Manchester’s Erynn Meiklejohn was the exception, however, scoring a game-high 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field and perfect marksmanship from the foul line as the visiting Spartans remained unbeaten in HCAC play.

Rose-Hulman never led, but was still in the game until a pair of four-minute droughts that started near the midpoint of the first half. Two free throws by Jamie Loving cut the Manchester lead to 16-12 at 12:59, but then the only Rose points until the 4:23 mark were a pair of free throws by Abbie Marshall.

By the time Marshall hit a layup — breaking a 10-minute stretch without an Engineer field goal — Manchester led 29-16. A 13-2 second-half spurt by the Engineers cut a 20-point lead to 46-37, but then the Spartans had a 15-2 run of their own.

Abby Lang added 10 points for the winners, while Marshall scored nine and Josie Schmidt a career-high eight for Rose as a deep freshman class continues to be a bright spot for coach Jon Prevo’s team.

Rockville’s Jenifer Lee went scoreless in an eight-minute stint for Manchester.



MANCHESTER (61) — Lang 3-7 4-4 10, Meiklejohn 9-10 6-6 26, Kruger 1-2 2-2 4, Smith 1-2 0-2 2, Hamilton 1-3 0-2 2, Arterburn 3-7 2-2 8, Barmes 2-6 0-0 4, Daugherty 0-0 0-0 0, Hammond 1-4 3-6 5, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Reneau 0-0 0-0 0, Fowler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-41 FG, 17-24 FT, 61 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (42) — Loving 0-0 2-3 2, Schmidt 2-4 4-5 8, Butler 1-1 0-0 2, Belyea 2-10 0-0 5, Marshall 3-7 3-4 9, Williams 0-3 2-2 2, Meadows 2-9 0-0 6, Gibbs 1-3 0-0 3, Ploof 0-3 1-2 1, Morris 2-2 0-0 4, Paruleski 0-0 0-0 0, Evers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-42 FG, 12-16 FT, 42 TP.

Halftime — Manchester 33, RH 22. 3-point shooting — Manchester 2-6 (Meiklejohn 2-2, Lang 0-2, Arterburn 0-2), RH 4-12 (Meadows 2-5, Gibbs 1-1, Belyea 1-5, Williams 0-1). Total fouls — Manchester 12, RH 18. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — Manchester 15, RH 21. Rebounds — Manchester 28 (Smith 6), RH 28 (Gibbs 5, Loving 4, Schmidt 4, Marshall 4, Ploof 4, Morris 2, William, Meadows, Paruleski, Team 2). Assists — Manchester 12 (Hamilton 8), RH 8 (Williams 3, Ploof 2, Schmidt, Belyea, Evers). Steals — Manchester 13 (Hamilton 4), RH 4 (Marshall 2, Schmidt, Gibbs). Blocks — Manchester 5 (Hamilton 2), RH 2 (Schmidt 2). Att — 250.

Next — Rose-Hulman (2-6, 1-2 HCAC) hosts Illinois Tech on Monday. Manchester is 4-3 and 3-0.