ANDERSON, Ind. - Trailing by eight points with six minutes left in the game, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball team rallied to top Anderson University on the road by a final score of 73-65 on Wednesday night.
Charlie Aimone led Rose-Hulman offensively with 19 points. Freshman Craig McGee tallied 16 points and dished out nine assists in the win. John Czarnecki also finished in double figures with 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Rose-Hulman relied on its defense, holding the Ravens to just three points over four minutes to rally and gain the lead. Aimone buried a three-pointer with 3:00 left to make the score 61-59, then Stephen Schueth tied the score at 61-61. Aimone put Rose-Hulman ahead for good at 63-61, before Nick McGrail hit a key three-pointer to push the Fightin' Engineer advantage to 66-61 with 1:21 left and give Rose-Hulman a cushion.
Following an Anderson field goal, Aimone secured the margin with a layup at the 29-second mark, putting Rose-Hulman up 68-63. The Fightin' Engineers added five free throws in the final 15 seconds to complete the victory.
For Anderson, Stanley Duncan scored 25 points to cross the 1,000-point mark in his career. Trevor Lucas added 16 points and Maurice Knight tallied 13 for the Ravens.
Rose-Hulman shot 54% (28-52) from the floor and made 6 of 10 three-point attempts. The win pushed Rose-Hulman's record to 9-7, 7-2 HCAC at the end of the first half of conference play. Anderson fell to to 9-7, 4-5 HCAC.
Rose-Hulman is one game behind HCAC leader Mount St. Joseph, who fell to Hanover on Wednesday night. The Fightin' Engineers return to action this Saturday at Defiance College at 3 p.m.