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Men's Basketball Falls to the Sycamores in Exhibition

Men's Basketball Falls to the Sycamores in Exhibition

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind.- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's basketball team faced crosstown foe NCAA DI Indiana State University in the Shaw/Waltman Classic on Thursday.  The game was named to honor former Rose-Hulman head coach Jim Shaw and former Indiana State head coach Royce Waltman, and the host Sycamores came out on top 77-44.

The Engineers struggled to get into a rhythm early against the Sycamores.  Indiana State scored the first 13 points, but after Rose-Hulman was able to get settled in they were able to start seeing some success offensively.  Charlie Aimone lead the team at halftime with seven points, one assist, and five rebounds.  The Engineers would cut the lead to only 14 points after being down 17 at one point.  The game would stand at 35-21 at the end of the first half.  

Rose-Hulman came out of the locker room in half two ready to play.  Ryuji Aoki was able to go 2-4 from three point range in the second half and closed the margin to single digits at 35-26 on a three-pointer with 18:14 remaining.  The Engineers fought well against their DI opponent, but the Sycamores were able to maintain their lead to come away with the win.  Aimone was the leading scorer for the Engineers finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds.  Aoki also had a productive night finishing with nine points and three assists.   

Jim Shaw was the head coach of Rose-Hulman from 1994-2014 when he compiled a 303-221 career record over 20 years at the helm of the program, including a mark of 82-29 over his final four seasons.  His career winning percentage (.578) ranks second in school history.  Coach Shaw passed away on Nov. 10, 2015 as the Wabash Valley lost a legendary figure and a wonderful personality who touched many lives over the years.

Royce Waltman was head coach at DePauw University and the University of Indianapolis before becoming the head coach at Indiana State.  He led the Sycamores to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2000 and 2001, highlighted by a win over Oklahoma in the opening round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.  He ranks second all-time at Indiana State in career victories and second in school history in Missouri Valley Conference wins.