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February 6, 2011

Rose men, women fall short at Manchester

NORTH MANCHESTER — Rose-Hulman sophomore Austin Weatherford recorded his second double-double of the season, but Manchester held off the Engineers to earn a 67-59 victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball Saturday afternoon.

Weatherford recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Sophomore Nate Gissentanner added 16 points on 8-of-12 marksmanship off the bench.

Manchester placed three players in double figures with a balanced scoring attack. Jordan Moss led the Spartans with 15 points, followed by Nathan Ferch with 12 and Tyler Delauder with 10.

Manchester shot 47 percent from the field and attempted 34 free throws compared to 12 for Rose. The Spartans led by three points at halftime and pushed the lead to 36-32 on a free throw by Ferch at the 15:01 mark.

Weatherford added a basket and sophomore Jon Gerken hit a free throw to put Rose-Hulman on top 37-36 at the 12:50 mark. Manchester answered with an 18-7 run to take a double figure lead at 54-44 on a score by Peter Krill with 6:20 left.

Rose trimmed the margin to eight twice in the final minutes, but the Spartans relied on free throws to secure the victory.

Rose-Hulman (14-7 overall, 8-6 HCAC) will play host to Anderson on Wednesday in Hulbert Arena. Manchester improved to 15-6 and 11-3 respectively.

ROSE-HULMAN (59) — Weatherford 7-12 5-6 20, Gissentanner 8-12 0-2 16, Pillischafske 2-6 0-0 6, Strickland 2-5 2-2 6, Haslag 2-6 0-0 5, Knotts 1-4 0-0 3, Harlan 1-3 0-0 2, Gerken 0-1 1-2 1, Balsbaugh 0-2 0-0 0, Nielson 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Ricks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 FG, 8-12 FT, 59 TP.

MANCHESTER (67) — Moss 5-8 5-7 15, Ferch 4-7 4-7 12, Delauder 4-7 0-0 10, Spindler 3-6 3-6 9, Henn 3-5 1-6 7, Krill 2-5 2-2 6, Spence 1-3 0-0 3, Sovine 0-1 2-2 2, Sirk 0-0 2-2 2, Schaefer 0-5 1-2 1, Hartsel 0-0 0-0 0, Balentine 0-0 0-0 0, Witte 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-47 FG, 20-34 FT, 67 TP.

Halftime score — MC 30, RH 27. 3-point shooting — RH 5-16 (Pillischafske 2-6, Weatherford 1-1, Knotts 1-3, Haslag 1-4, Strickland 0-1, Gissentanner 0-1), MC 3-10 (Delauder 2-4, Spence 1-3, Schaefer 0-3). FG Pct. — RH .451, MC .468. 3-pt FG Pct. — RH .313, MC .300. FT Pct. — RH .667, MC .588. Rebounds — RH 29 (Weatherford 10), MC 29 (Spindler 6). Assists — RH 6 (Weatherford 2), MC 11 (Moss 4). Total fouls — RH 26, MC 12. Fouled out — Knotts. Technical foul — RH team. Att. — 640.

In women’s basketball Saturday:

• Manchester 49, Rose-Hulman 43 — At North Manchester, Rose-Hulman senior Donna Marsh of Mobile, Ala., became the eighth women’s player in school history to cross the 1,000-point mark in a loss to the host Spartans.

Marsh scored in the paint with 5:07 left in the first half to cross the 1,000-point mark. She finished the contest with 1,003 career points after a six-point performance.

Junior Alisa Dickerson paced Rose with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Lauren Meadows also reached double figures with 10 points.

Freshman Kelsey Ploof scored six points with 10 rebounds and freshman Heather Finnell recorded seven points and six steals for the second most in a game in Rose-Hulman history.

Alexandra Starkey led the Manchester offensive effort with 13 points and Ashley Poe also reached double figures with 10 points for the Spartans.

Manchester never trailed in the first half, although Rose battled back to force a 9-9 tie at the 11:00 mark. The Spartans led by as many as seven points before Nicole Klass brought the Engineers within 23-19 at the break on a 3-pointer.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman held Manchester to just one point over a six-minute stretch to turn a 25-19 deficit into a 29-26 lead on two free throws by Dickerson at the 12:04 mark.

The Rose lead reached three at 33-30 on a score by Marsh and 35-32 on two free throws by Meadows with 8:20 remaining.

After two free throws by Dickerson put Rose-Hulman ahead 40-38, Manchester held the Engineers to just three points down the stretch and relied on a 3-pointer by Starkey and a score by Poe to move ahead 43-40 at the 2:27 mark.

Dickerson trimmed the margin to 45-43 with 40 seconds left, but Laine Mello scored in the lane with 10 seconds left to secure the Manchester win.

Rose-Hulman (7-14 overall, 5-9 HCAC) will travel to Anderson on Wednesday. Manchester improved to 11-10 and 9-5 respectively.

ROSE-HULMAN (43) — Dickerson 1-4 8-8 11, Meadows 3-9 3-5 10, Finnell 3-12 0-0 7, Marsh 3-7 0-0 6, Ploof 2-7 2-6 6, Klass 1-2 0-0 3, Dalton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-41 FG, 13-19 FT, 43 TP.

MANCHESTER (49) — Starkey 4-12 3-4 13, Poe 2-9 6-7 10, Meiklejohn 4-5 0-0 8, Mello 2-7 2-4 6, Moss 2-5 0-0 4, DeMott 1-5 1-2 3, Lowther 0-1 3-4 3, Schweitzer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 16-45 FG, 15-21 FT, 49 TP.

Halftime score — MC 23, RH 19. 3-point shooting — RH 4-14 (Dickerson 1-1, Klass 1-2, Meadows 1-4, Finnell 1-7), MC 2-5 (Starkey 2-4, Mello 0-1). Rebounds — RH 36 (Dickerson 11), MC 29 (Starkey 7). Assists — RH 4 (Finnell 2), MC 5 (Poe 2). Total fouls — RH 14, MC 14. Fouled out — none. Att. — 340.

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