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November 20, 2010

Rose-Hulman men drop season opener

CLEVELAND — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed three players in double figures but could not overcome Wilmington College in a tightly contested 66-57 opening night men’s basketball loss on Friday.

The margin never reached double figures in the defensive minded contest that served as the first semifinal game of the Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Memorial Tournament at Case Western Reserve University.

Freshman Julian Strickland came off the bench to lead Rose with 14 points. Strickland finished 5-of-10 from the field with four rebounds.

Sophomores Nate Gissentanner and Austin Weatherford scored 11 points each. Gissentanner was 5-of-9 from the field with a team-high six rebounds. Weatherford had a team-high five assists.

Junior Spencer Harlan added nine points on 4-of-4 from the field, and junior Jason Haslag added five points to the effort.

Wilmington jumped out to an early seven-point lead, before two straight baskets by Weatherford closed the margin to 11-9.

The Quakers pushed the lead to seven points at 32-25, but Rose-Hulman rallied with a 7-2 run to close within 34-32 at the break. Three points from sophomore Brenton Balsbaughand a layup at the buzzer by Weatherford off a Strickland steal provided the spark.

Rose-Hulman gained a three-point lead at 40-37 early in the second half on two straight scores by Gissentanner. The score was tied at 43-43 and the teams battled with little margin again until a layup by Harlan put the Engineers ahead 50-49 with 9:26 left.

Wilmington answered with eight straight points, before Gissentanner drained a three-pointer to move the Engineers within 57-53 at the 6:35 mark. The Quakers defensive effort turned into the story, holding Rose to just one field goal in the last six minutes.

Wilmington improved to 2-0 overall, while Rose-Hulman stands 0-1. The Engineers square off against either Case Western or Washington and Jefferson at 5 p.m. today.

 

WILMINGTON (66)
— White 7-14 5-8 20, Bowman 4-11 2-3 10, Kunkel 3-3 1-4 7, Wellman 2-6 2-2 6, Ransome 2-3 0-0 5, Candella 1-6 3-5 5, Vonderhaar 2-8 0-0 4, Fite 1-2 1-2 3, Bankston 1-1 0-0 2, Darland 1-2 0-0 2, Nowlin 1-1 0-0 2, Watts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-57 FG,14-24 FT, 66 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (57) — Strickland 5-10 2-3 14, Gissentanner 5-9 0-0 11, Weatherford 4-8 3-4 11, Harlan 4-4 1-2 9, Haslag 1-3 2-3 5, Knotts 0-6 4-5 4, Balsbaugh 1-3 1-2 3, Gerken 0-2 0-1 0, Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Pillischafske 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-46 FG,13-20 FT, 57 TP.

Halftime — Wilmington 34, Rose-Hulman 32. 3-point goals — Wilmington 2-7 (White 1-1, Ransome 1-1, Wellman 0-2, Candella 0-1, Bowman 0-2), Rose-Hulman 4-10 (Strickland 2-2, Haslag 1-1, Gissentanner 1-1, Knotts 0-3, Gerken 0-1, Martin 0-1, Weatherford 0-1). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Wilmington 33 (Kunkel 6, White 6), Rose-Hulman 30 (Gissentanner 6). Assists — Wilmington 12 (Bowman 3), Rose-Hulman 8 (Weatherford 5). Total fouls — Wilmington 19, Rose-Hulman 21.    

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