Men's Basketball Narrowly Falls in Shootout

Men's Basketball Narrowly Falls in Shootout

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Transylvania University lit up the scoreboard, before the visiting Pioneers held off a Rose-Hulman charge to win 103-95 at Hulbert Arena on Saturday afternoon.

All five starters for Transylvania scored in double figures to lead the Pioneer offense.  Alex Jones had 25 points and 12 assists, with Kyle Gullett contributing 19 points.  Gabe Schmitt and Cooper Theobald scored 15 points each, and Spencer McKinney pitched in with 10 points for Transylvania.

Rose-Hulman's offense was led by three career-high double-figure scoring performances.  Freshman John Czarnecki scored 23 points on 7-10 from the field with seven rebounds.  Sophomore Nick McGrail added 19 points on 6-9 from the field with seevn rebounds, and freshman Michael Lake pitched in with a career-best 10 points.

Senior Collin Wojcik also reached double figures with 19 points and five rebounds.  Senior Wade Stallings contributed six points and three assists as part of the team's season-high 95-point scoring effort.

The Transylvania offense relied on the three-point shot for much of its offense, burying 19 on the afternoon. Jones led the offense with six treys, and Gullett hit five three-pointers to lead the Pioneers shooting performance.

Transylvania jumped out to a 54-38 lead at halftime after shooting 54% from the field.  Rose-Hulman made an immediate charge to start the second half, closing within 61-56 at the 15:15 mark on a layup by Czarnecki and a three-pointer by Wojcik.

Transylvania responded with a 12-2 run to regain a 73-58 edge at the 12:30 mark, and pushed the lead to a game-high 19 points at 84-65 with 7:23 left.  Rose-Hulman answered with another charge, relying on two free throws by Charlie Aimone, a score by Wojcik and two layups by Czarnecki to pull within 84-75 with 5:41 remaining.

Rose-Hulman trimmed the margin down to five points at 92-87 on a three-pointer by Stallings and a Czarnecki layup at the 1:32 mark.  With the margin at 98-92, Transylvania hit five free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.

Transylvania won its 10th consecutive game and improved to 12-5 overall and 7-3 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 7-10 and 5-5 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to HCAC leader Hanover on Wednesday night.