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January 4, 2013

Rose-Hulman men ranked 26th in Division III

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman’s men’s basketball team is ranked 26th nationally in the d3hoops.com national weekly poll released on Thursday.

The Engineers, a 67-59 winner Wednesday over Earlham, are also the only Indiana school to receive votes in the poll. Rose also ranks No. 1 nationally in the weekly NCAA Division III rankings in defense, allowing just 48.2 points per game.

In Wednesday’s home game, the Engineers tied the best start to a season in program history, improving to 11-1, 5-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play to tie the 1977-78 squad. The Rose-Hulman also moved into sole possession of first place in the HCAC standings after Hanover topped previously unbeaten Mount St. Joseph.

Nate Gissentanner led four Rose-Hulman players in double figures with 13 points. He also added five rebounds and tied for team honors with five assists.

Jake Dodd added a season-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, Brenton Balsbaugh contributed 11 points and six rebounds and Jon Gerken scored 10 points with seven rebounds.

Jack O’Flaherty led Earlham with 16 points, and Tyler Lewers also reached double figures with 15 points for the Quakers.

EARLHAM (59) — O’Flaherty 6-11 1-2 16, Lewers 7-16 1-2 15, Jett 3-9 0-0 8, Rusk 2-10 2-2 7, Welch 2-5 0-0 5, Barden 2-5 0-0 4, Broderick 2-4 0-0 4, Adams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-60 FG, 4-6 FT, 59 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (67) — Gerken 3-7 3-4 10, Balsbaugh 4-7 3-6 11, Weatherford 4-8 0-0 8, Pillischafke 1-5 0-0 2, Strickland 0-7 3-4 3, Gissentanner 4-7 4-5 13, Dodd 5-7 0-0 12, Miller 2-2 0-0 5, Houpt 1-1 1-2 3, Martin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 FG, 14-21 FT, 67 TP.

Halftime — Earlham 34-31. 3-point shooting — Earlham 7-16 (O’Flaherty 3-4, Jett 2-5, Welch 1-2, Rusk 1-3, Barden 0-1, Lewers 0-1), RH 5-18 (Dodd 2-3, Miller 1-1, Gerken 1-2, Gissentanner 1-2, Weatherford 0-2, Pillischafske 0-4, Strickland 0-4). Total fouls — Earlham 17, RH 11. Fouled out — Broderick. Rebounds — Earlham 31 (Barden 6, Broderick 6), RH 35 (Gerken 7, Weatherford 7). Assists — Earlham 10 (Lewers 3), RH 14 (Gissentanner 5, Strickland 5). Att — 275.

Next — Rose-Hulman (11-1, 5-0 HCAC) plays Saturday at Mount St. Joseph. Earlham is 1-11 and 0-5.

• Rose-Hulman 65, Earlham 58 — At Richmond, the Engineer women also won a conference game on Wednesday.

Kelsey Ploof led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points and added 14 rebounds. Addie Johnson tied her career high with 15 points and Cassidy Cain scored 13.

Bria Sneed lead all scorers with 26 points for Earlham.

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