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January 5, 2014

Rose men get past Bluffton 70-57

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman senior Julian Strickland led three players in double figures with 26 points as the Engineers topped Bluffton 70-57 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball Saturday afternoon inside Hulbert Arena.

Strickland finished 10 of 17 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free-throw line with four assists and four steals to lead the offensive attack. Senior Alec Houpt added a career-high 15 points on 6 of 8 from the field and sophomore Tyler Duffy set two career-highs with 12 points and eight assists.

With the victory, Rose-Hulman improved to 3-1 in HCAC play and is part of a five-way tie for first place in the league standings.

Other key contributors to the Engineers’ offense included sophomore Jimmy Miller and junior Michael Hallstein with six points each.

Will Pope led the Bluffton offense with 16 points on 8 of 12 from the field. Thayne Recker came off the bench for 10 points and seven rebounds and Dustin Kinn had nine points and seven boards for the Beavers.

Rose-Hulman built a 37-27 halftime lead behind 59-percent shooting from the field in the opening 20 minutes. The Engineers started quickly, jumping out to a 16-6 lead at the 14:38 mark of the first half on a layup by Strickland. Bluffton rallied to trim the lead to 16-11 at the 11:55 mark, before Rose-Hulman held the Beavers to just three points over three minutes to increase the lead to 23-14.

The lead reached double figures at 33-23 on a layup by Hallstein at the 4:30 mark and the Engineers maintained a 10-point edge at the half.

In the second stanza, Rose-Hulman had a strong start to push the lead to 42-26 on a Duffy basket. The lead reached 17 points at 49-32 on a conventional three-point play by Duffy.

Bluffton trimmed the lead to 59-46 with 7:58 remaining, and could close no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Rose-Hulman (8-3 overall, 3-1 HCAC) will return to action with the John Mutchner Cup Game against Earlham at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hulbert Arena. Bluffton dropped to 6-5 and 2-2 respectively.

BLUFFTON (57) — Pope 8-12 0-0 16, Recker 4-5 2-3 10, Kinn 3-4 3-4 9, Turner 3-5 0-0 6, Rohde 2-2 0-0 5, Homier 1-2 0-0 3, Elchert 1-2 0-0 3, Ebbeskotte 1-2 1-2 3, Taflinger 1-8 0-0 2, Green 0-0 0-0 0, Weisenborn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-42 FG, 6-9 FT, 57 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (70) — Strickland 10-17 4-4 26, Houpt 6-8 3-4 15, Duffy 4-7 3-3 12, Hallstein 3-7 0-0 6, Miller 3-4 0-0 6, Martin 1-1 1-2 3, Loesing 1-3 0-0 2, Wojcik 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Povaleri 0-2 0-0 0, Stallings 0-0 0-0 0, Dodd 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 28-52 FG, 11-14 FT, 70 TP.

RH 37, BU 27. 3-point shooting — BU 3-8 (Rohde 1-1, Homier 1-2, Elchert 1-2, Taflinger 0-3), RH 3-6 (Strickland 2-2, Duffy 1-1, Hallstein 0-2, Dodd 0-1). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — BU 24 (Recker and Kinn 7), RH 20 (Houpt, Duffy, Hallstein and Strickland 3). Assists — BU 8 (Turner and Homier 2), RH 19 (Duffy 8). Total fouls — BU 17, RH 11. Att. — 300.

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