NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- No. 9 ranked North Central College relied on 15 three-point shots and a strong defensive effort to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 77-54 in men's college basketball action on Monday night.
North Central held the Fightin' Engineers to 42% from the field and Will Clausel led the Cardinals offense with 19 points. The balanced North Central attack also featured Matt Cappelletti in double figures with 11 points.
Rose-Hulman led 9-6 early in the contest on a three-pointer by Michael Lake. North Central answered with a 10-2 run, before a Combs three-pointer closed the Engineers within 16-14 midway through the first half.
North Central answered with a 15-4 run to take a 31-18 lead and maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the way. The Cardinals improved to 2-1 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 2-3.
The Fightin' Engineers return to action on the road this Sunday at Albion College.