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January 9, 2011

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BLUFFTON, OHIO — Bluffton relied on a balanced scoring attack and strong free throw shooting to down Rose-Hulman 76-64 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball Saturday.

Sophomore Austin Weatherford tied a career high with 22 points to pace the Engineers’ offensive effort.

Freshman Julian Strickland came off the bench to provide 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.

Other key contributors for Rose were sophomore Nate Gissentanner with nine points, three rebounds and three assists and sophomore Brenton Balsbaugh with seven points and eight rebounds.

Mychal Hill led the Beavers with 14 points and Will Pope came off the bench to add 12 points. Josh Fisher,

Free-throw shooting proved another key for Bluffton, as the Beavers finished 27 of 34 from the charity stripe compared to 10 of 16 for the Engineers.

Bluffton led 20-12 early in the first half before Rose-Hulman answered with a 14-3 spurt to gain a 26-23 lead with 2:30 left. Balsbaugh had six points and Strickland scored four during the spurt.

Rose pushed its lead to six points at 34-28 at the break on a last second layup by junior Spencer Harlan. The Engineers maintained the lead at 41-35 on a free throw by Gissentanner at the 17:00 mark. Bluffton battled back to tie the score at 48-48 with nine minutes left.

Bluffton gained a 53-50 advantage, then withstood Rose-Hulman’s rally with a 9-2 run to gain a 65-56 lead with 3:25 remaining. The Beavers then relied on their free throw shooting for another 9-4 run to secure the win.

Rose (9-4 overall, 3-3 HCAC) will travel to conference foe Anderson on Wednesday. Bluffton improved 9-4 overall and 2-4 respectively.

ROSE-HULMAN (64) — Weatherford 8-15 4-6 22, Strickland 6-9 4-4 16, Gissentanner 4-11 1-1 9, Balsbaugh 3-5 1-5 7, Gerken 2-4 0-0 4, Haslag 1-5 0-0 2, Pillischafske 1-2 0-0 2, Harlan 1-2 0-0 2, Kleman 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Knotts 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 FG, 10-16 FT, 64 TP.

BLUFFTON (76) — Hill 1-9 11-12 14, Pope 5-9 2-2 12, Fisher 3-3 0-0 8, Heckelman 1-3 6-8 8, Johnson 1-4 5-6 8, Kinn 3-3 0-0 6, Luderman 2-3 2-4 6, Farley 2-11 1-2 5, Lee 2-5 0-0 5, Neal 2-4 0-0 4, Saylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-54 FG, 27-34 FT, 76 TP.

Halftime score — RH 34, BU 28. 3-point shooting — RH 2-15 (Weatherford 2-4, Strickland 0-1, Gissentanner 0-1, Gerken 0-1, Haslag 0-3. Knotts 0-5), BU 5-11 (Fisher 2-2, Johnson 1-2, Lee 1-3, Hill 1-3, Neal 0-1). Rebounds — RH 32 (Balsbaugh 8), BU 35 (Farley 8). Assists — RH 14 (Weatherford 5), BU 15 (Fisher and Farley 3). Total fouls — RH 20, BU 16. Fouled out — none. Att.—500.

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