Rose-Hulman built a 19-point halftime advantage and withstood a second half rally to earn a 64-61 victory at DePauw University on Wednesday night.
DePauw forward Pat Haggin missed a potential game tying three-pointer in the final seconds as the Tigers nearly rallied from a double-figure deficit.
Sophomore Jimmy Miller led the Rose-Hulman offense with a career-high 17 points on 7-9 from the field. Senior Julian Strickland added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Other key Rose-Hulman contributors included senior Jordy Martin with nine points, four assists and three rebounds; senior Alec Houpt with eight points; junior Michael Hallstein with seven points; and sophomore Matt Loesing with six points.
Michael Wilkison led the DePauw offense with 15 points, and Haggin also reached double figures for the Tigers with 12 points.
Rose-Hulman (5-3) jumped out to a 40-21 halftime lead with hot shooting and maintained a double-figure lead until a Haggin three-pointer brought DePauw within 44-35 with 13:19 left. The lead reached double figures again at 50-39 on a Hallstein basket with 9:26 remaining.
DePauw (5-3) trimmed the margin to five points at 52-47 on two free throws by Frank Patton at the 6:17 mark. The Tigers closed to within three points at 57-54 on a Haggin layup with 1:51 left.
Rose-Hulman pushed its lead back to five points at 61-56 in the final minute following a Miller layup and a free throw by Hallstein. Adam Botts buried a three-pointer for DePauw to bring the deficit within 61-59 with 20 seconds left.
Martin buried two key free throws to push Rose-Hulman’s lead to 63-59 with 16 seconds left. Bradley Fey answered with a layup at the 10-second mark to bring the Tigers within 63-61.
Strickland hit one of two free throws on the ensuing possession to give Rose-Hulman a 64-61 lead, before the Engineers successfully defended the final DePauw shot to preserve the win.
• Rose-Hulman 74, Anderson 67, OT — In Hulbert Arena, freshman Kristen Belyea scored a career-high 22 points and Rose-Hulman held on to earn an overtime victory over Anderson in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Wednesday evening.
The Engineers (2-5 overall, 1-1 HCAC) battled from a 10-point halftime deficit behind 12 points from Belyea and nine from senior Lauren Meadows, who finished with 11 points.
Both teams traded baskets to open the extra frame until Rose went on an 11-0 run, kick-started by a Belyea triple. The freshman drained 4 of 7 shots from behind the arc.
The Engineers would hit their free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach for the Ravens (0-6, 0-2).
Anderson forced the extra frame when Cori Connor was fouled with 1.4 seconds left in regulation. She made one of her two free throws to send the game into OT at 57-all.
RHIT freshman Abbie Marshall added 10 points and five rebounds and classmate Jamie Loving finished with seven points and nine rebounds, both career highs.
The Engineers return to Hulbert Arena on Saturday for an HCAC matchup with Manchester, set for 2 p.m. The men’s contest between the same schools will follow.