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November 30, 2013

Strickland pours in 30, but the Engineers fall in home opener

Carroll tops Rose-Hulman 65-64

TERRE HAUTE — Carroll University withstood a last-minute challenge by Rose-Hulman to earn a 67-64 men’s basketball victory in the Engineers’ home opener Saturday afternoon in Hulbert Arena.

Carroll held a 65-64 lead in the final minute when Rose sophomore Jimmy Miller rimmed out a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining. The rebound was tipped into the frontcourt for a dunk by Carroll’s Andrew Nottling to put the Pioneers ahead 67-64 with 13 seconds left.

Following a timeout, Rose-Hulman senior Julian Strickland rimmed out a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds that was rebounded by Christian Shepley to secure the win for Carroll, a 2012 NCAA tournament qualifying team.

Strickland led the Engineers’ offense with 30 points for his second consecutive 30-point outing. The preseason All-American finished 9 of 18 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line with four assists and three steals in 37 minutes.

Miller added nine points to the Engineer offense and senior Alec Houpt scored eight points on 3 of 3 from the field and 2 of 2 from the line in his season debut. Houpt just rejoined the men’s basketball team after completing a successful season on the institute’s NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen soccer team that completed its campaign last weekend.

Alec Molter led the Carroll offense with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Brandon Ehrke came off the bench for 10 points and Shepley scored nine.

Carroll relied on hot shooting to earn the victory. The Pioneers connected on 78 percent of their shots in the first half and hit 68 percent for the game. Carroll also held a 28-13 rebounding advantage and the Rose remained in the contest by committing just five turnovers in the game.

The Engineers finished 48 percent from the field, hit 5 of 12 3-point tries and were 17 of 20 from the foul line for the afternoon.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 15-10 lead in the first six minutes before Carroll knotted the score at 15-15 on a score by Nottling at the 12:52 mark. The Engineers regained three-point first-half leads on scores by sophomore Matt Loesing and Strickland.

Carroll bounced back to take a 39-36 lead at the break after a corner shot by Ehrke in the final seconds of the first half.

In the second half, Carroll pushed its lead to seven points at 47-40, before four straight points from Strickland brought Rose back within 49-47 at the 12:29 mark. The battle continued back-and-worth within two possessions until a score by Houpt knotted the contest at 60-60 with 6:05 left.

Carroll scored five straight points and held the Engineers without a point for the next four minutes to take a 65-60 advantage before Houpt brought Rose-Hulman within 65-62. Two free throws by Strickland with 49 seconds remaining brought the margin to 65-64 and set the stage for the final possessions.

Rose (1-2) will play host to Wabash at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Hulbert Arena. Carroll improved to 3-1.

CARROLL (67) — Molter 4-5 12-16 20, Ehrke 4-6 0-2 10, Shepley 4-7 0-0 9, Nottling 4-6 0-0 8, Hurd 3-7 0-0 6, Watzlawick 2-2 1-2 5, Nagy 2-2 0-0 5, Pijanowski 1-1 0-0 2, Keranen 1-1 0-0 2, Fritz 0-0 0-0 0, Lange 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-37 FG, 13-20 FT, 67 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (64) — Strickland 9-18 10-11 30, Miller 3-7 2-2 9, Houpt 3-3 2-2 8, Duffy 3-5 0-1 7, Loesing 2-2 1-2 5, Martin 1-2 0-0 3, Pillischafske 0-4 2-2 2, Hallstein 0-2 0-0 0, Povaleri 0-1 0-0 0, Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-44 FG, 17-20 FT, 64 TP.

Halftime score — CU 39, RH 36. 3-point shooting — CU 4-6 (Ehrke 2-3, Shepley 1-1, Nagy 1-1, Hurd 0-1), RH 5-12 (Strickland 2-4, Duffy 1-1, Martin 1-2, Miller 1-2, Hallstein 0-1, Pillischafske 0-2). Fouled out — Molter. Rebounds — CU 28 (Molter 7), RH 13 (Duffy and Miller 3). Assists — CU 14 (Nagy and Hurd 3), RH 11 (Strickland 4). Total fouls--CU 20, RH 17. Att. — 250.

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