News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 30, 2014

Rose-Hulman needs OT to beat Anderson

David Hughes
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman men's basketball coach Jim Shaw did not need a reminder that you

can't always judge a team by its records.

But he got one anyway.

Anderson University, which brought marks of 4-13 overall and 4-6 in the

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference against the HCAC co-leading

Engineers, took Rose to the limit before Shaw's squad pulled out a 68-66

overtime victory Wednesday night in Hulbert Arena.

– I don't know if we consciously took them for granted," Shaw told the

Tribune-Star afterward. – I think they're getting better and I respect them.

I'm not sure our guys were as ready to play as they should have been, but I

don't think it was a conscious lack of respect. We did come out extremely

flat. They did a great job of doing things that we're not used to seeing,

which really frustrated us. Š Obviously, it was a struggle to get a win."

Rose-Hulman standout Julian Strickland was high scorer, as usual, with 25

points. But he got plenty of much-needed help from 6-foot-5 senior forward

Alec Houpt, who racked up a career-high 24 points.

– [Houpt] did a great job of taking advantage of what they were giving," Shaw

noted. – They weren't guarding him on the perimeter so they could absorb our

cuts, curls and dribble penetration.

– Instead of him just settling for jumpshots, although he hit a couple, he

got things going to the basket and they weren't prepared for that. He was

able to finish plays going to the basket. Obviously, his 24 points were a

huge difference."

The visitors seized early advantages of 27-16 and 30-20 before the Engineers

cut their deficit to 30-26 by halftime.

Two free throws by Rose's Jimmy Miller tied the score at 30-30 with 18:04

remaining. But a few minutes later, the Ravens sank four consecutive 3-point

goals (Brett Anderson, Nathaniel Acree, Anderson again and Max Mollaun) to

catapult on top 44-35.

Rose-Hulman gradually whittled down Anderson's lead to 54-53, then Houpt

scored from inside with 3:05 to go to put his team ahead 55-54.

Back-to-back baskets by Houpt helped the Engineers regain the advantage at

59-57, but single free throws by Mollaun and Micah Smith knotted the score.

When Smith missed the second of his two freebie attempts with 4.3 seconds

left in regulation, Strickland grabbed the rebound and dribbled to midcourt,

where he fired up a desperation shot that banked in for what would have been

a game-winning 3-pointer. But officials ruled that he got it off just a hair

after the buzzer sounded.

– It was definitely a good call," Shaw admitted.

Strickland didn't let that bother him in the overtime, however. He tallied

eight points – two three-point plays and two more free throws – to help the

Engineers pull out an HCAC triumph that keeps them tied with Defiance for

first place.

Coincidentally, Rose-Hulman and Defiance will square off at 3 p.m. Saturday

in Hulbert Arena with first place on the line.

Back to Wednesday, Mollaun paced Anderson's offense with 18 points and

reserve Anderson added 12. The Ravens connected on 12 of 16 attempts from

3-point range.

Countering that was Rose's accuracy from the free-throw line – 17 of 18

(94.4 percent). Its only miss – by Miller – came late in OT when the

Engineers led by two.



ANDERSON UNIVERSITY (66) – Schwieterman 2-5 0-0 4, Gross 2-5 6-8 10, Smith

0-1 1-4 1, Mollaun 7-13 1-2 18, Acree 4-4 0-0 11, Ladd 1-3 0-0 3, Anderson

4-5 0-0 12, Harney 1-4 0-0 3, Breckenridge 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 23-42 FG, 8-14

FT, 66 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (68) – Miller 2-5 5-6 9, Houpt 11-15 2-2 24, Martin 1-3 0-0 3,

Strickland 7-16 10-10 25, Duffy 3-6 0-0 7, Dodd 0-3 0-0 0, Stallings 0-0 0-0

0, Povaleri 0-0 0-0 0, Hallstein 0-2 0-0 0, Loesing 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-50

FG, 17-18 FT, 68 TP.

Halftime score – AU 30-26. End of regulation – RH 59, AU 59. 3-point

shooting – AU 12-16 (Anderson 4-4, Acree 3-3, Mollaun 3-7, Ladd 1-1, Harney

1-1), RH 3-6 (Duffy 1-1, Martin 1-2, Strickland 1-3). FG Pct. – AU .548, RH

.480. 3-pt. FG Pct. – AU .750, RH .500. FT Pct. – AU .571, RH .944. Total

fouls – AU 15, RH 18. Fouled out – Houpt. Rebounds – AU 25 (Gross 6, Mollaun

and Acree 4), RH 24 (Houpt 7, Miller, Martin and Duffy 4). Assists – AU 17

(Smith 6), RH 11 (Miller and Strickland 3). Steals – AU 4 (Acree 2), RH 7

(Miller 3, Martin and Duffy 2). Turnovers – AU 18, RH 11. Blocks – AU 1

(Breckenridge), RH 2 (Duffy 2).

Next – Rose-Hulman (14-4 overall, 9-2 HCAC) will play host to Defiance at 3

p.m. Saturday. Anderson (4-14, 4-7) will visit Franklin on Saturday for a 3

p.m. matchup.