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Balanced Effort Leads Men's Basketball Past MSJ 67-52

Balanced Effort Leads Men's Basketball Past MSJ 67-52

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed three players in double figures and dominated on the boards to defeat Mount St. Joseph 67-52 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night.

Rose-Hulman outrebounded Mount St. Joseph 39-21 in the contest and committed just nine turnovers in a solid offensive performance.  The teams played in front of the largest student crowd of the season as part of a Milwaukee Tool Night promotion.

Luke Callahan led the Rose-Hulman offense with 17 points and added seven rebounds.  Callahan was a perfect 9-9 on the free throw line in the performance.

Charlie Aimone added 15 points on 6-12 from the field and also led the Engineers with nine rebounds and three assists.  Michael Lake came off the bench with 11 points on 4-5 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range.

Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman included Craig McGee with seven points and seevn assists; and Ryuji Aoki with six points.

Devin Young was the only Mount St. Joseph player in double figures with 24 points on 9-18 from the field.

The game was a tale of two different halves.  Defenses dominated the opening 20 minutes, as Rose-Hulman led 21-18 at the break.  The Engineers held Mount St. Joseph to just one field goal in the last four minutes of the first half to keep the narrow advantage.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman shot 58% from the field and hit 16-18 free throw attempts to outscore the Lions 46-34.  Rose-Hulman relied on a 10-0 run midway through the second half to turn a 33-30 lead into a 43-30 advantage on a score by Aimone with 11:55 remaining.  The lead remained in double figures for the rest of the contest.

With the win, Rose-Hulman maintains a share of first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.  The Fightin' Engineers improved to 13-5 overall and 9-2 in league play to join Hanover College as a conference co-leader.  Mount St. Joseph dropped to 6-12 and 4-7 in league play.

Rose-Hulman will continue its schedule with a critical two-game road trip in the next seven days.  The Fightin' Engineers head to Transylvania University on Saturday afternoon, then travel to Hanover next Wednesday.