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January 26, 2013

Rose-Hulman equals best 19-game start to season with dismantling of Mount St. Joseph

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman matched the best 19-game start to a season in men’s basketball school history with a 60-39 win over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday at Hulbert Arena.

The Engineers improved to 17-2 on the season and retain a one-game lead in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings at 11-1 in league play.

Senior Austin Weatherford led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Junior Julian Strickland also reached double figures with 14 points.

Defensively, Rose-Hulman held its 10th opponent to 45 points or less and its sixth opponent to 40 points or less in a game.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to an 11-6 lead after a three-pointer by junior James Pillischafske, a layup from Gerken and a free throw by Gissentanner. Mount St. Joseph rallied to tie the score at 13-13 on a three-pointer by Andy Countryman at the 10:51 mark.

Rose-Hulman’s defense then stepped up, holding Mount St. Joseph to three points over the next eight minutes as part of an 18-3 run. Gissentanner capped the rally with a three-pointer at the 2:36 mark, helping the Engineers gain a 33-20 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman continued its solid team play to push the lead to 19 points at 49-30 on a three-point play by Strickland with 10:28 left. The lead reached as high as 23 points as the Engineers controlled the margin for the rest of the game.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at Anderson on Wednesday night. Mount St. Joseph stands 6-13 overall and 5-7 in league play.

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (39) — Kunkel 4-10 4-8 13, Scudder 3-9 2-3 9, Mann 1-7 2-2 5, Combs 2-2 0-0 4, Bush 1-4 0-0 3, Countryman 1-6 0-0 3, Daniels 0-1 2-10 2, Gallenstein 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0, Kincaid 0-1 0-0 0, Payne 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-42 FG, 10-23 FT, 39 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (60) — Weatherford 5-7 6-7 17, Strickland 5-10 3-4 14, Gerken 3-8 2-2 8, Gissentanner, Nate 2-3 1-2 7, Pillischafske 2-3 0-0 5, Houpt 2-2 0-0 4, Balsbaugh 1-3 0-0 2, Dodd 1-3 0-0 2, Loesing 0-0 1-2 1, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Duffy 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Nielson 0-0 0-0 0, Hallstein 0-1 0-0 0, Povaleri 0-1 0-0 0, McHugh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-44 FG, 13-17 FT, 60 TP.

Halftime score — R-H 33, MSJ 20. 3-point goals — Mount St. Joseph 5-16 (Mann 1-4, Countryman 1-2, Bush 1-1, Scudder 1-3, Kunkel 1-3, Kincaid 0-1, Payne 0-1, Mitchell 0-1), Rose-Hulman 5-12 (Gissentanner 2-3, Weatherford 1-3, Strickland  1-3, Pillischafske 1-1, Dodd 0-1, Gerken 0-1). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — Mount St. Joseph 24 (Kunkel 10), Rose-Hulman 35 (Strickland 5, Weatherford 5). Assists — Mount St. Joseph 5 (Combs, Travis 2), Rose-Hulman 13 (Weatherford 4). Total fouls — Mount St. Joseph 14, Rose-Hulman 18. Technical fouls — Mount St. Joseph-Team. A — 715.

Women’s basketball

• Engineers win — At Rose-Hulman, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology shot 54 percent from the field and placed three players in double figures to defeat Mount St. Joseph 62-45 in women’s basketball action on Saturday.

The Engineers shot 59 percent in the first half to take a 14-point halftime lead.

Freshman Addie Johnson led the Engineers with 17 points.  Sophomore Gracie Gibbs added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

 Freshman Carrie Morris also reached double figures with 10 points.  Tara Dennis had a team-high 15 points for Mount St. Joseph.

Rose-Hulman (9-10, 5-7 HCAC) held Mount St. Joseph (3-16, 2-10) to just four points over the last nine minutes of the first half, using a 16-4 run to take a 33-19 lead into the locker room.

The lead remained in double figures throughout the entire second half.

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