TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Bluffton University rallied from a 14-point second half deficit with hot shooting down the stretch to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 73-70 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Christie led the Bluffton offense with 27 points and five rebounds. Andrew Renner also reached double figures for Bluffton with 15 points.
The rally snapped Rose-Hulman's seven-game winning streak dating back to Dec. 6. Craig McGee and Stephen Schueth led the Rose-Hulman offense with 16 points each. Schueth also had a team-high six rebounds.
Bluffton capped its second half rally with back-to-back scores by Christie to take a 68-67 lead with 2:30 remaining. Schueth buried a three-pointer at the 1:39 mark to give Rose-Hulman the edge again at 70-68 with 1:39 left.
Andrew Hunter gave Bluffton the lead at 71-70 on a three-pointer with 48 seconds remaining. Rose-Hulman had three possessions in the final 30 seconds, but the Bluffton defense recorded a stop on each to secure the victory.
Rose-Hulman stands 8-7 overall and 6-2 in league play, while Bluffton improved to 7-8 and 4-4 in conference games. The Fightin' Engineers return to action at Anderson University on Wednesday night.