LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on three players in double figures to top Transylvania University 77-70 and pick up a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball road victory on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Collin Wojcik led the Fightin' Engineer offense with 21 points off the bench in 23 minutes of action. Wojcik finished 8-8 from the free throw line with six rebounds and three three-point field goals on the afternoon.
Sophomore Charlie Aimone also reached double figures with 19 points and five rebounds. Freshman John Czarnecki joined the double-figure scorers with 14 points on 6-11 from the field with a team-high seven rebounds.
Transylvania also placed three players in double figures on the day. Kyle Gullett scored 20 points, Cooper Theobald added 19 and Alex Jones scored 15 for the Pioneers.
Rose-Hulman shot 50% from the field with four three-pointers and a 6-6 performance on the free throw line to build a 38-34 lead at the half. In the second half, Transylvania held the margin within 45-41 with 13:53 left, before a Rose-Hulman spurt gave the Engineers some breathing room. Aoki hit a layup and Wojcik buried a three-pointer to push the lead to 50-41 with 12:30 remaining.
Theobald closed the Transylvania deficit to 54-49, before a three-pointer by Aimone and two free throws from Schueth gave Rose-Hulman a 59-51 lead with 6:37 left. Transylvania rallied to knot the score at 63-63 with 4:10 left after two free throws from Gabe Schmitt.
After a timeout, McGrail buried a three-pointer to put Rose-Hulman ahead for good at 66-63. Aimone added a conventional three-point play, Czarnecki scored on a layup and Aimone hit one free throw to push the Fightin' Engineer lead to 72-65 with 43 seconds left.
Transylvania hit a three-pointer to close within 72-68, but four free throws from Wojcik and one from Schueth helped Rose-Hulman secure its final margin.
Rose-Hulman improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in HCAC play, while Transylvania dropped to 1-2. The Fightin' Engineers are one game behind first place in the league standings when conference play resumes Jan. 4. Rose-Hulman returns home on Monday to face Millikin at 7:30, and one student will have a chance to take home $10,000 in a halftime contest on Monday night!