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January 23, 2011

Rose men pick up HCAC win over Defiance

DEFIANCE, OHIO — Rose-Hulman led from start to finish and withstood a late charge by Defiance to capture a 70-65 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball victory on Saturday.

Freshman Julian Strickland led a balanced Rose-Hulman scoring attack with 17 points to tie his career high.

Junior Blake Knotts and sophomore Jon Gerken each scored 14 points for the Engineers. Knotts finished with three points and Gerken contributed six rebounds in a return game in his hometown.

Freshman James Pillischafske buried a trio of three-point field goals in a nine-point effort to provide support.

Logan Wolfrum led the Defiance effort with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kyle Tietje and Ryan Hicks scored eight points each.

Rose relied on hot shooting by burying 52 percent of its field goal attempts and seven 3-pointers in the victory.

The Engineers jumped out to an early 14-7 lead and maintained a seven-point edge for much of the first half. The Yellow Jackets rallied to tie the score for the only time in the game at 28-28, before two baskets by Gerken and a layup by junior Jason Haslag gave Rose a 34-28 lead at halftime.

Defiance scored the first five points of the second half to trim the margin to 34-33 on a 3-pointer from Wolfrum, but the Engineers scored nine of 11 points to capture a 43-35 lead on a score by Strickland at the 16:12 mark.

With the win, Rose-Hulman improved to 12-5 overall and 6-4 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play to maintain a share of fourth place in the league standings. The league tournament will feature six teams later this month.

Defiance dropped to 10-7 and 5-5 in HCAC play. The Fightin' Engineers return to action at Franklin College on Wednesday night.

ROSE-HULMAN (70) — Strickland 8-14 0-0 17, Knotts 4-7 3-4 14, Gerken 7-12 0-0 14, Pillischafske 3-5 0-0 9, Gissentanner 1-3 3-4 5, Haslag 1-3 3-4 5, Harlan 1-2 0-0 2, Weatherford 0-2 2-2 2, Balsbaugh 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-50 11-14 70.

DEFIANCE (65) — Wolfrum 7-16 11-13 26, Ky.Tietje 3-4 1-1 8, Ke.Tietje 3-6 2-2 8, Hicks 4-9 0-1 8, Brown 2-4 2-2 6, Campbell 1-3 2-2 4, Lewis 0-4 3-4 3, Ray 1-1 0-1 2, Heitkamp 0-1 0-0 0, Francis 0-0 0-0 0, Hoke 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 21-48 21-28 65.

Halftime — Rose-Hulman 34-30. 3-point goals — Rose-Hulman 7-15 (Pillischafske 3-3, Knotts 3-6, Strickland 1-3, Haslag 0-1, Weatherford 0-1, Gerken 0-1), Defiance 2-7 (Wolfrum 1-2, Ky.Tietje 1-1, Lewis 0-2, Heitkamp 0-1, Ke.Tietje 0-1). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Rose-Hulman 29 (Gerken 6), Defiance 28 (Wolfrum 6). Assists — Rose-Hulman 12 (Weatherford 6), Defiance 7 (Wolfrum 6). Total fouls — Rose-Hulman 19, Defiance 16. A — 813.

Women’s basketball

• Engineers fall — At Defiance, Ohio, Rose-Hulman rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to take the lead in the second half, before Defiance College answered to capture a 79-72 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory Saturday.

Senior Donna Marsh paced Rose with 20 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots. Marsh also finished 8 of 12 from the field.

Junior Alisa Dickerson chipped in with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, while freshman Heather Finnell contributed 13 points.

Freshman Kelsey Ploof was the fourth Engineer to reach double figures with 12 points while also adding nine rebounds.

Defiance shot 55 percent from the field in the first half to build up a 46-30 lead at the break. Rose-Hulman opened the second half on a 7-0 run to immediately close within 46-37 on a score by Ploof.

The second-half run reached 18-2 as Rose-Hulman knotted the score at 48-48 on a jumper by Dickerson at the 13:05 mark. The Engineers claimed the lead at 52-51 on another score by Dickerson with 10:49 left.

Defiance answered with a 15-2 spurt of its own to capture a 66-54 lead with 6:54 remaining. The Yellow Jackets built the lead to 14 points at 72-58 with 4:54 left.

Rose-Hulman made a final charge of 12-3 to close within 75-70 in the final 30 seconds on another score by Dickerson. Defiance hit four straight free throws down the stretch to secure the final margin of victory.

Erica King led five Defiance players in double figures with 17 points. Hannah Harshman scored 14 points, with Molly Bateman contributing 13.

Rose-Hulman (6-11 overall, 4-6 HCAC) will play host to Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Defiance improved to 7-10 and 5-5 respectively.

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