BEREA, Ohio - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology outscored the host Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets 47-30 in the second half to earn a 77-68 win on Friday afternoon. The win for RHIT earned them a 1-1 split in the Baldwin Wallace Holiday Invitational.
The Fightin' Engineers trailed 10-0 to start the game but guard Kyle Steckel used a personal 5-0 run to get Rose-Hulman back within five with 15 minutes left to play in the first half. Those five points were the only points of the night for the junior.
Play was tight over the next 10 minutes of action as neither team gained more than a four point advantage. However, with four minutes left to play in the first period, the Yellow Jackets used a 10-1 run to grab a 31-21 lead. At halftime Rose-Hulman trailed 38-30.
The second half was a different story for the Fightin' Engineers. Baldwin Wallace's hot shooting from beyond the three-point lined propelled them to a 15 point advantage at 48-33, but the Fightin' Engineers would rally.
Sophomore Charlie Aimone started the rally with back-to-back threes cutting the deficit to nine 48-39. At the 14:40 mark Collin Wojcik nailed a three-pointer to draw RHIT within three points at 48-45. Over the next five minutes of action Baldwin Wallace maintained a steady advantage and led by six with 9:58 to play 59-53.
Trailing 66-67 John Czarnecki scored inside on a nifty pass from Ryuji Aoki to give Rose-Hulman the lead 68-67. After several defensive stands Stephen Schueth buried a jumper that put Rose up three 70-67 with 1:34 left to play.
The biggest shot of the afternoon came with 35 seconds left on the clock. Up two, 70-68, Charlie Aimone buried a dagger three-point field goal in front of the RHIT bench to push the Fightin' Engineers to a 73-68 lead. Rose-Hulman would make all four free throws in the waning seconds to win by a final score of 77-68.
Aimone led all scorers with a career-high 29 points. Aimone went 11-16 from the field and also snatched a career-high 15 rebounds. He was named to the Baldwin Wallace All-Tournament team for his efforts. Collin Wojcik scored 18 points off the bench on the strength of 7-10 shooting from the floor including 4-5 from downtown. Rose-Hulman shot 29-55 (52.7%) for the game including 10-17 (58.8%) from three-point range.
The win improves Rose-Hulman's record to 5-6. The men will return to HCAC action in the New Year. Their next game will be against Hanover on January 4 at 7:30 pm in Hulbert Arena.