TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Illinois Institute of Technology broke open a tie game with 10 straight points in the second half and relied on solid free throw shooting down the stretch to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 70-59 in men's basketball action on Tuesday night at Hulbert Arena.
Anthony Mosley Jr. led Illinois Tech with 24 points and hit 7-9 free throws, and Malik Howze added 23 points on 8-10 from the foul line. The Scarlet Hawks shot 55% from the field in the second half to separate the tightly contested matchup.
Rose-Hulman placed three players in double figures with a balanced scoring attack. Charlie Aimone led the team with 14 points, Craig McGee added 13 points, and Nick McGrail reached double figures with 10 points.
Rose-Hulman took a 48-46 lead with 11:07 left on two free throws by Kyle Steckel. Illinois Tech relied on its defense with 10 unanswered points over the next six minutes to built a 56-48 lead.
The Fightin' Engineers closed within 64-59 after a free throw by McGee and a three-pointer from McGrail with 1:04 remaining. Illinois Tech was able to hit six free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
Illinois Tech improved to 3-0 after finishing 22-6 last season. Rose-Hulman dropped to 0-3 on the year and travels to Millikin University in non-conference action on Monday Nov. 27.