CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored the final seven points and held Mount St. Joseph scoreless for the last 2:18 to pick up a 74-69 men's basketball victory on Saturday afternoon.
Tanner Clos put the host Lions ahead 68-67 on a three-pointer with 2:19 remaining. Two free throws from Craig McGee put Rose-Hulman back on top 69-68 at the 1:31 mark.
After a defensive stop, John Czarnecki pushed the Engineer lead to 71-68 with a key rebound basket. McGee attempted a driving layup that spun out, but Czarnecki battled with Mount St. Joseph defenders to grab the rebound and score underneath to give Rose-Hulman a three-point edge.
Following another Rose-Hulman stop, the Engineers had possession with 36.1 seconds remaining. With the shot clock running down, Terry Hicks knocked down a game-clinching three-pointer to give Rose-Hulman a 74-68 lead with five seconds left.
Eli Combs and Max Chaplin led the Rose-Hulman offense with career-high scoring performances. Combs scored 16 points on 6-7 from the field, and Chaplin finished 5-7 from the field with four three-pointers in a 14-point effort. The duo combined for 25 first half points to help the Engineers lead 41-35 at the break.
Mount St. Joseph relied on a three-player scoring attack featuring Clos with 21 points, Devin Young with 20 and Brady Thomas with 19. The key number of the day was bench scoring, as the Engineers outscored Mount St. Joseph 40-0 off the bench.
Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman included Vuk Djuric with nine points and six rebounds in 13 minutes of action; Czarnecki with eight points; and Michael Lake with seven points. McGee was held to six points but provided nine rebounds and seven assists to the victory.
Rose-Hulman improved to 7-6 overall and 4-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 3-10 and 1-5 in league play. The Fightin' Engineers return home Wednesday to face Anderson University at 7:30 p.m.