For Immediate Release
Nov. 23, 2010
Red Devils Fall to Rose-Hulman, 54-46
EUREKA, Ill. – Rose-Hulman sophomore forward Nate Gissentanner drilled a three-pointer from the corner with the shot clock winding down in the final minute of Tuesday night’s game against Eureka College, helping the Fightin’ Engineers rally for a 54-46 non-conference win over the Red Devils at the Reagan Center
Clinging to a five-point lead with just 34 seconds remaining, Gissentanner connected on his only three-point attempt of the night to give the visitors a 52-44 lead. Eureka was unable to score on its ensuing possession and a pair of free throw from Jon Gerken iced the win for Rose-Hulman, who improved to 2-1 on the season.
The Red Devils (0-3) led for the duration of the first half and held the Fightin’ Engineers scoreless through the first 5-minutes, 18-seconds of the contest. The Eureka lead ballooned to as many as six points (21-15) in the first 20 minutes on back-to-back foul shots from junior guard Jordan Kindred (Chrisman, Ill./Chrisman H.S.) with 1:43 left in the half. Junior guard Andy Leppard (Crescent City, Ill./Crescent-Iroquois H.S.) successfully converted a three-point play with 3.0 seconds left in the half and the Red Devils carried a 23-18 lead into the break.
Eureka led by 10, 37-27, after a triple from Leppard with 11:34 left in the game, but Rose-Hulman scored the next 14 points and took their first lead of the game (38-37) on Julian Strickland’s three-ball with 9:09 left. Leppard knocked down another three to give the Red Devils a 44-41 advantage with 5:17 left, but the lead didn’t hold up. Gissentanner’s field goal with 2:47 left pushed the Fightin’ Engineers in front, 45-44, with 2:47 left. Rose-Hulman stretched its lead behind four straight points from Austin Weatherford before Gissentanner delivered the three-pointer from the corner in the final minute.
Leppard had 16 points to lead all scorers. He made a pair of three-pointers and has made at least one trey in 18 of his last 19 games. Kindred added 14 points and a game-high four assists, while senior forward Josh Wagner (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S./Carl Sandburg) led all players with eight rebounds. Gerken had 12 points to lead the visitors.
Eureka will take one of its longest road trips in recent memory this Saturday, traveling to Mankato, Minn. to take on Minnesota State at 3 p.m.. Saturday marks the first of two games this season for Eureka against NCAA Division II opponents.
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