CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology built a 16-point halftime lead and shot 52% from the field to pick up a 70-55 victory over Mount St. Joseph in road Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night.
Craig McGee and Charlie Aimone led the Fightin' Engineer offense with 19 points each and both players were 7-11 from the field. McGee added six rebounds and six assists, while Aimone contributed nine rebounds to the effort.
Michael Lake joined McGee in returning to his hometown and reaching double figures in points. Lake scored 11 points on 4-5 from the field and 3-4 from three-point range.
The Fightin' Engineers were on fire behind the three-point line, hitting 15-24 for a 63% clip. Aimone led the three-point barrage with a 5-7 performance and McGee was 4-5 from beyond the three-point arc.
Devin Young came off the bench to lead Mount St. Joseph with 18 points and eight rebounds. Jake Cropper added 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Lions.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 10-2 lead after a three-pointer by Aimone and baskets from McGrail and McGee. A 12-2 run later in the half, including two three-pointers by McGee and trifectas from Lake and Aimone, pushed the lead to 38-22.
Mount St. Joseph trimmed the margin to three points midway through the second half at 56-53. Rose-Hulman closed the game on a 14-2 over the last 7:56 to pull away and secure the win.
The Fightin' Engineers improved to 4-3 on the season and 2-0 in league play, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 2-4 and 1-1. Rose-Hulman hosts Transylvania University on Saturday at 3 p.m. in a matchup of teams picked first and second in the HCAC preseason coaches poll.