RICHMOND, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology clinched a bid to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament and retained the John Mutchner Cup for the fourth straight year with a 93-62 win at Earlham College on Wednesday.
The Fightin' Engineers relied on hot shooting by hitting 68% from the field and 60% from three-point range on 12-20 from downtown. Senior Collin Wojcik led the offense with 17 points on 6-9 from the field and 3-5 from three-point range in 18 minutes of action.
Sophomore Charlie Aimone added 15 points and six rebounds, and junior Stephen Schueth reached double figures with 12 points in 20 minutes of play. Michael Lake and Josh Richey had seven points each, and JT Whitaker added six for the balanced offense.
Rose-Hulman was on fire in the second 20 minutes, shooting 80% from the field on 16-20 and 6-8 from three-point range. The Fightin' Engineers led by 15 points at the half and maintained a double digit lead throughout the second half.
Rose-Hulman also won the John Mutchner Cup for the fourth straight year and the second consecutive trip to Richmond. The Cup is named for the 25-year head coach and athletic director at Rose-Hulman who was a standout at Earlham and is in the Athletic Hall of Fame at both institutions. The home court at Rose-Hulman's Hulbert Arena is also named in the honor of Coach Mutchner.
Rose-Hulman led 15-10 early in the first half, then relied on a 14-0 run to gain a 29-10 edge and gain control of the contest. Wojcik, Schueth and McGrail ended the rally with consecutive three-pointers.
With the win, Rose-Hulman punched its ticket to the six-team HCAC Tournament that begins Feb. 24. The Fightin' Engineers will need to win three games in three days to win the event that will be hosted by the league's top seed following the regular season.
The Fightin' Engineers improved to 11-11 and 9-6 in HCAC play, while Earlham dropped to 6-16 and 2-13 in league games. Rose-Hulman hosts Manchester in the Senior Day Game on Saturday at 4 p.m.