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December 9, 2010

Rose-Hulman basketball teams sweeps Earlham

RICHMOND — Rose-Hulman retained the John Mutchner Cup for the fourth straight year with a balanced scoring attack and an 83-69 men’s basketball win at Earlham.

Rose placed five players in double figures in a balanced scoring attack. Sophomore Austin Weatherford led the squad with 17 points and five assists, along with seven rebounds. The Engineers improved to 6-1 overall, their best start since 2003-04.

Sophomore Nate Gissentanner pitched in with 16 points for the winners, while junior Jason Haslag and freshman Julian Strickland each scored 15. Sophomore Jon Gerken rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Blake Knotts also provided eight points to the balanced attack. Earlham placed four players in double figures, led by Colton Bragg with 14 points.

Rose-Hulman shot 58 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free-throw line in a 47-point second half performance. The Engineers shot 52 percent from the field for the game.

Rose led by as much as 16 points in the first half, before Earlham trimmed the margin to 36-30 at the half.

In the second half, the Engineers pushed the advantage to 12 points at 52-40, before Earlham clawed back to within five points at 59-54 with 9:55 left. Two free throws by Weatherford and six points from Strickland pushed the Rose-Hulman lead to 67-54 at the 7:38 mark.

Earlham closed to within nine points down the stretch, but two free throws each by Weatherford, Strickland and Knotts secured Rose’s final margin of victory.

Rose-Hulman (3-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action) will travel to Transylvania on Saturday.

The Mutchner Cup was named after the former Engineer men’s basketball coach and athletic director who also was a standout athlete at Earlham. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at both institutions.

Earlham dropped to 1-6 and 0-3 respectively.

ROSE-HULMAN (83) — Weatherford 4-7 8-10 17, Gissentanner 7-11 2-2 16, Strickland 5-9 5-5 15, Haslag 5-10 3-6 15, Gerken 4-8 2-2 10, Knotts 2-5 2-2 8, Balsbaugh 1-3 0-0 2, Ricks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-54 FG, 22-27 FT, 83 TP.

EARLHAM (69) — Bragg 4-11 4-4 14, Rusk 4-6 1-1 12, Green 5-7 0-0 11, Bledsoe 4-11 2-3 10, Broderick 3-6 1-3 8, Barger 2-4 1-2 6, Taylor 2-9 1-2 5, Tucker 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 25-57 FG, 10-15 FT, 69 TP.

Halftime score — RH 36, EC 30. 3-point goals — RH 5-16 (Knotts 2-5, Haslag 2-3, Weatherford 1-2, Ricks 0-1, Gissentanner 0-1, Gerken 0-2, Strickland 0-2), EC 9-20 (Rusk 3-3, Bragg 2-6, Broderick 1-1, Tucker 1-2, Barger 1-3, Green 1-2, Taylor 0-3). Rebounds — RH 34 (Gerken 11), EC 30 (Rusk 9). Assists — RH 11 (Weatherford 5), EC 14 (Bragg 4). Total fouls — RH 14, EC 17. Fouled out — none. Att. — 275.


n Rose women win too — At Hulbert Arena, Rose-Hulman improved to 3-3 on the women’s season and 2-1 in league play with a 65-57 win over winless Earlham on Wednesday.

Junior Alisa Dickerson and senior Donna Marsh recorded double-doubles to lead the offensive effort. Dickerson scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and six assists. Marsh recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Engineers also buried eight three-point shots in the victory. Freshman Heather Finnell buried four three-pointers and scored 15 points, while sophomore Lauren Meadows hit three shots from beyond the arc for nine points.

Nikki Darrett recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Earlham offense.  

Earlham held an early seven-point lead at 19-12, before Rose enjoyed an 11-2 run to claim a 23-21 edge on a score by Marsh at the 6:40 mark. Finnell put the Engineers ahead by three points at 31-28, before a trey by Darrett knotted the score at halftime.

In the second half, another Darrett three-pointer put Earlham ahead 36-35 with 15:52 left. The score was then tied at 39 and 41, before a 3-pointer by Meadows at the 10:29 mark put Rose ahead for good at 44-43.

Rose-Hulman travels to Transylvania University on Saturday.

EARLHAM (57) — Darrett 5-11 4-4 18, Cooksey 3-5 1-2 9, Brown 2-4 1-2 6, Hough 0-4 6-6 6, Combs 0-1 5-6 5, Sneed 0-8 4-6 4, Long 1-5 2-4 4, Altman 1-1 0-0 3, Darnell 0-3 2-2 2, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 0-0 0-0 0, Franks, Kate 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-42 FG, 25-32 FT, 57 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (65) — Dickerson 7-10 6-9 20, Finnell 4-8 3-4 15, Marsh 4-8 6-9 14, Meadows 3-6 0-2 9, Bowermaster 1-3 2-2 4, Davey 1-8 0-2 3, Ploof 0-5 0-2 0, Klass 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-48 FG, 17-30 FT, 65 TP.

Halftime — Rose-Hulman 31, Earlham 31. 3-point goals — Earlham 8-16 (Darrett 4-8, Cooksey 2-3, Brown 1-2, Altman 1-1, Sneed 0-2), Rose-Hulman 8-18 (Finnell 4-8, Meadows 3-4, Davey 1-5, Dickerson 0-1). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Earlham 31 (Darrett 11), Rose-Hulman 38 (Marsh 11). Assists — Earlham 11 (Sneed 3), Rose-Hulman 15 (Dickerson 6). Total fouls — Earlham 22, Rose-Hulman 22. A — 130.

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