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Second Half Spurt Leads Men's Basketball Past Manchester 77-61

Second Half Spurt Leads Men's Basketball Past Manchester 77-61

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on an 11-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from Manchester University and earn a 77-61 men's basketball victory at Hulbert Arena on Wednesday night.

Craig McGee led Rose-Hulman with 21 points and 12 rebounds.  John Czarnecki also reached double figures wtih 11 points and eight rebounds for the Engineers.

CJ Hampton paced Manchester with 15 points, and Jalen Owens also reached double figures with 11 points.

Other key Rose-Hulman contributors included Eli Combs with eight points; Terry Hicks with seven points and six rebounds; Michael Lake with seven points; and Vuk Djuric with six points and five rebounds.

Rose-Hulman relied on a huge rebounding advantage to take control in the second half, as the Fightin' Engineers outrebounded Manchester 50-25 in the contest.  The Engineers also finished 18-of-22 on the free throw line and held Manchester to 33% from the field.

The teams battled to a 57-50 Rose-Hulman advantage with 9:29 left in the second half, before a strong Engineer defensive effort put the game away.  Rose-Hulman went on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes, capped by a layup from Djuric and a three-pointer by McGee, to earn a 68-50 edge and secure the victory.

Rose-Hulman improved to 9-9 and 6-5 in HCAC play, while Manchester dropped to 6-12 and 4-7 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action at home against Mount St. Joseph on Senior Day this Saturday at 3 p.m.