Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
No. 19-ranked Rose-Hulman improved to 20-2 on the men’s basketball season and kept a two-game lead in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 72-63 win over Franklin College on Wednesday.
The Engineers celebrated Senior Night for five members of the team, and junior Julian Strickland became the 29th player in Rose-Hulman history to cross the 1,000-point mark in the win.
Seniors Brenton Balsbaugh, Jon Gerken, Nate Gissentanner, Jordan Nielson and Austin Weatherford served as the starting lineup and played their final regular season home game at Hulbert Arena.
Weatherford led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Strickland scored 17 points to increase his career point total to 1,007, and Gissentanner poured in 16 points with five rebounds and three assists. Gerken also contributed seven points to the offensive attack.
Rose-Hulman shot 54 percent from the field and 56 percent in the second half to earn its 20th win in a season for the fifth time in school history. The Engineers maintained their two-game HCAC lead at 14-1 in conference play, as Transylvania and Hanover both stand 12-3.
Rose-Hulman returns to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Defiance College. Franklin dropped to 13-9 overall and 8-7 in conference games.