HANOVER, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology upset Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader Hanover College with a hot shooting barrage in Southern Indiana on Wednesday night.
Rose-Hulman picked up a 73-68 victory behind 10 three-point shots at a 48% clip and hitting 13-15 from the free throw line. Senior Collin Wojcik came off the bench to score a season-high 22 points, and sophomore Charlie Aimone pitched in with 18 points in the victory.
Hanover entered the game 14-2 overall and leading the HCAC standings at 9-1 prior to Wednesday's loss. The Fightin' Engineers improved to 8-10 and 6-5 in conference games.
Rose-Hulman led 41-34 at the break and held the lead for much of the second half. The lead reached as high as nine points at 55-46 with 11:19 left on two free throws by Aimone.
Hanover answered with a 14-5 spurt to take the lead at 62-60 on a three-pointer by Fails with 4:57 left. Aimone drained a three-pointer on Rose-Hulman's next possession to put the Fightin' Engineers back in front 63-62.
The teams battled to a 66-66 tie following a Fails layup with 2:47 left. Czarnecki broke the tie with a layup with 2:33 remaining.
After a missed three-pointer by the Panthers, freshman Michael Lake drained perhaps the biggest shot of the game with a trey at the 1:43 mark to put Rose-Hulman ahead 71-68. Wes McKinney answered with a layup for Hanover.
The Panthers forced a turnover with 26 seconds left to gain possession trailing by three points at 71-68. The Rose-Hulman defense forced a stop, and Aimone grabbed the rebound and hit the final two free throws to secure a 73-68 win.
Rose-Hulman turned around the earlier meeting between the two teams, won 93-63 by Hanover at Hulbert Arena. The Fightin' Engineer defense proved the difference by holding Hanover 15 points under its season average.
Rose-Hulman returns to action on Saturday at Bluffton University. Tip time is set for 3 p.m.