Men's Basketball Falls in Title Game Heartbreaker

Men's Basketball Falls in Title Game Heartbreaker


DEFIANCE, Ohio -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology shot 67% from the field and senior Matt Loesing scored a career-high 42 points, but Mount St. Joseph relied on a balanced offense attack to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament championship game 93-88 in overtime on Sunday at Defiance College.

Loesing finished 17-19 from the field and 8-13 on the free throw line for the fourth highest scoring performance in the history of Rose-Hulman basketball.  His 17 made field goals ranks sixth on the Fightin' Engineer single-game school record list.

Travis Combs led five Mount St. Joseph players in double figures with 26 points on 9-13 from the field.  Femi Thompson scored 18 points, Joel Scudder added 14 points, Erik Edwards scored 13 and Jordan Henry had 10 for the Lions.

Rose-Hulman shot 33-49 from the field for 67% and also hit 20-27 from the free throw line in a strong offensive performance.  Senior Tyler Duffy added 16 points, and freshman Luke Callahan scored 10 for the Fightin' Engineers.

Rose-Hulman held a 12-point lead at 77-65 lead with 3:28 remaining, before Mount St. Joseph made its charge.  Three consecutive possessions of three-pointers brought the deficit to 79-74, and the Lions took the lead at 81-79 on a three-pointer by Henry with 31 seconds left.

Rose-Hulman senior Dillon Reynolds put the game into overtime with a jumper with three seconds remaining to tie the score at 81-81.

In overtime, Rose-Hulman trailed 90-88 with 48 seconds remaining before a turnover gave possession back to Mount St. Joseph.  Travis Combs hit two free throws and a defensive stop secured the victory for the Lions.

Mount St. Joseph advances to the NCAA Division III Tournament with an 18-9 record, while Rose-Hulman completed the season with a mark of 17-11.