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January 22, 2012

Bluffton nips Rose-Hulman men

Bluffton, Ohio — Bluffton placed three players in double figures to capture a tightly contested 62-56 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over visiting Rose-Hulman on Saturday.

Bluffton never trailed in the contest but also never led by more than eight points.

Sophomores Jake Dodd and Julian Strickland paced a balanced Rose scoring attack with 10 points.

Will Pope led the Beavers with 14 points off the bench, and Dustin Kinn added 12 points on four 3-pointers.  Brent Farley contributed 11 points.

Bluffton jumped out to a 6-0 lead by holding the Engineers scoreless for the first seven minutes, then built an 11-3 edge at the 12:06 mark. Rose rallied to force a tie at 15-15 on a jumper by Strickland at the 7:51 mark.

The contest featured ties at 19 and 21, before Bluffton scored six straight points to gain a 29-25 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Rose forced another tie at 29 on a score by Strickland with 18:21 remaining. Bluffton rebuilt another six-point lead before the Engineers rallied to within 51-49 on a 3-pointer by senior Blake Knotts, 54-52 on another trey by junior Jon Gerken and 58-56 with 1:18 left on a 3-pointer by senior Jason Haslag.

Rose forced a missed shot on the next Bluffton possession, before turning the ball over themselves. Josh Fisher scored on a layup with 24 seconds to give Bluffton a 60-56 lead, and the Beavers held Rose off the board for the remainder of the game.

ROSE-HULMAN (56) — Dodd 4-6 0-0 10, Strickland 5-12 0-0 10, Weatherford 2-8 2-5 7, Haslag 3-7 0-0 7, Gerken 2-2 2-2 7, Knotts 2-3 0-0 6, Gissentanner 2-7 0-0 4, Balsbaugh 1-3 1-4 3, Harlan 1-1 0-0 2, Houpt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-49 FG, 5-11 FT, 56 TP.

BLUFFTON (60) — Pope 6-7 2-3 14, Kinn 4-5 4-5 12, Farley 4-6 3-6 11, Fisher 3-11 0-0 6, Lee 2-7 2-2 6, Hill 1-4 2-2 5, Heckelman 2-5 0-0 5, Johnson 1-1 1-2 3, Swick 0-0 0-0 0, Neal 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 FG, 14-20 FT, 62 TP.

Halftime — Bluffton 29-25. 3-point goals — Rose-Hulman 7-15 (Dodd 2-4, Knotts 2-3, Gerken 1-1, Haslag 1-3, Weatherford 1-2, Strickland 0-2), Bluffton 2-8 (Hill 1-3, Heckelman 1-2, Fisher 0-2, Lee 0-1). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Rose-Hulman 28 (Gerken 7), Bluffton 30 (Farley 14). Assists — Rose-Hulman 13 (Weatherford 4), Bluffton 11 (Johnson 5). Total fouls — Rose-Hulman 17, Bluffton 14. A — 500.

Next — Rose-Hulman (13-4, 7-3 HCAC) travels to Manchester on Wednesday. Bluffton improved to 11-6, 5-5.

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