Rose-Hulman Defeats Hanover to Secure NCAA Tourney Berth
February 24, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
TERRE HAUTE, IN - The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball
team escaped with a thrilling win over Hanover Saturday night, 64-59, to
claim the school's second straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Men's Basketball Tournament title.
After trailing by three at the half, the top seed Engineers outscored the
Panthers 33-25 in the second half to pull out a 64-59 win at Hulbert Arena.
Rose-Hulman claims the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III
Tournament set to begin next week, earning its second consecutive trip to
the Big Dance.
Rose-Hulman (24-3) shot the ball well from the field, posting a shooting
percentage of 44.0% in the win. The Engineers connected on six of their 14
attempts from behind the arc and converted 14 of their 16 free throw
Leading the way for RHIT was senior forward Brenton Balsbaugh (Greenville,
Ohio/Arcanum). Balsbaugh led the scoring attack with a career high 17
points on seven-of-nine shooting. The senior connected on all three of his
free throw attempts and added four rebounds, earning the tournament Most
Valuable Player award for his efforts
Rose's Austin Weatherford (Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights) added 12 points,
five rebounds, and five assists in the win, earning a spot on the
all-tournament team. Junior guard Julian Strickland (Indianapolis,
Ind./Pike) also earned an all-tourney team selection with 13 points, nine
rebounds, and four assists in the championship game.
Hanover (18-9) was represented on the all-tournament team by sophomore Tim
Bass (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central). Bass led the Panthers with 12
points and a pair of assists in the title game loss Saturday night.
Defiance's Logan Wolfrum (Defiance, Ohio/Ayersville) and Transylvania's
Ethan Spurlin (Stanford, Ky./Lincoln Co.) earned the final two spots on the
No. 23 ranked Rose-Hulman will await its first round opponent in the NCAA
Division III Tournament until the bracket is released. The announcement of
the Division III men's basketball field will be presented via webcast on
<http://www.ncaa.com> www.ncaa.com beginning at 12:30 PM Monday.