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Rose-Hulman Retains John Mutchner Cup in Overtime

Rose-Hulman Retains John Mutchner Cup in Overtime

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology defended a three-point shot in the final seconds to force overtime, then pulled away to earn an 81-69 men's basketball win over Earlham College on Wednesday at Hulbert Arena.

With the victory, the Fightin' Engineers maintained the John Mutchner Cup for the seventh consecutive year.  The Cup is presented once annually to the winner of the Rose-Hulman vs. Earlham men's basketball game, in honor of former Rose-Hulman 25-year men's basketball coach and former standout Earlham athlete John Mutchner.  He has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at both institutions.

Craig McGee narrowly missed a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead three Rose-Hulman players in double figures.  Michael Lake added a career-high 18 points, and Jacob Back contributed 12 points on 5-6 from the field to balance the Engineer offense.

Other key contributors included Terry Hicks and John Czarnecki with seven points and four rebounds each.  Zach Callahan contributed six points and five rebounds, Max Chaplin scored five points, and Vuk Djuric pitched in with four points and two steals.

Jamel Barnes led the Earlham offense with 26 points on 11-22 from the field.  Kenneth Stalling was 7-9 from the field in a 19-point performance to also reach double figures.

Rose-Hulman took a 64-61 lead with 1:50 left in regulation on a layup by Back.  A conventional three-point play with 39 seconds left by Barnes tied the score at 64-64.  After a missed layup by McGee, Earlham had a chance to win at the end of regulation but a three-pointer from Blake Bonin rimmed out.

In overtime, the Fightin' Engineers used a 10-2 run to built a 64-66 lead after two free throws from Hicks at the 1:08 mark.  Rose-Hulman held Earlham to just 2-of-9 from the field in overtime.

Rose-Hulman improved to 6-6 on the season and 3-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with its fourth straight win.  Earlham dropped to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon.