ROUNDUP: Rose, SMWC sweep conference foes at home

Jan. 20—Rose-Hulman rolled to its fifth straight victory with a 77-66 decision over Bluffton in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball Saturday afternoon inside Hulbert Arena.

Rose took control with a 15-7 run to take its largest lead of the half at 22-14. A Rocco Richie 3-pointer in the final minute put the Engineers on top 31-24 at halftime.

Rose-Hulman opened the second half on a 7-2 run to extend the lead to 12, but Bluffton would answer again and cut its deficit back to one possession at 40-37. Then Rose seized complete control with a 14-4 run to take their largest lead of the game at 66-50 with five minutes remaining.

Richie led all Rose-Hulman scorers with 21 points, while Bradley Harden added 17 points, six rebounds and four assists and Kobe Stoudemire (13 points) and Miles McGowen (11 points) also scored in double figures. Cole Pride dominated the glass with a career-high 13 rebounds.

The Engineers (8-9 overall, 6-4 HCAC) will play host to Manchester at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hulbert Arena. Bluffton dropped to 5-12 and 1-9 respectively.

In other men's college basketball Saturday:

—Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 99, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 73 — At Hamilton Arena, SMWC chalked up its ninth straight triumph, this time defeating its River States Conference opponent by 26 points.

The Woods (14-4 overall, 8-0 RSC) got 24 points and five assists from Cobie Barnes, 17 points apiece from DaMeriz Merriweather and Tarik Dixon and 14 points from Greg Johnson, while Shon Tupuola contributed 11 rebounds to the victory.

Alice Lloyd's records dipped to 10-9 and 2-7 for the season.

SMWC will visit Point Park University (Pa.) for a Thursday evening matchup.

Women's basketball

—Rose-Hulman 67, Bluffton 41 — At Hulbert Arena, Rose-Hulman rolled to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference home victory Saturday.

The Engineers finish the game with a 15-5 run in posting the impressive win.

Jamie Baum and Manuella Shomba led Rose with 14 points each.

With the win, coach Devrinn Paul's Engineers improved to over .500 for the first time this season with records of 9-8 overall and 6-4 in the HCAC. Rose-Hulman will hit the road Wednesday, traveling to Manchester for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

Bluffton fell to 5-12 and 3-7 respectively.

—Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 85, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 78 — At Hamilton Arena, Brooklynn Jones tallied 21 points to lead five SMWC players in double figures Saturday.

The others were Destiny Thomas (15 points), Allyson Hardiek (14), Irye Gomez (14) and Madison Fueger (10). The 5-foot-11 Fueger also grabbed 13 rebounds, while Hardiek had 11 boards and Jones added 10 as the Pomeroys owned a 53-19 advantage on the glass.

Alice Lloyd's Hannah Kash led all scorers with 27 points.

SMWC (11-7 overall, 6-2 River States Conference) will visit Point Park University (Pa.) for a Thursday afternoon matchup.

Alice Lloyd tumbled to 9-9 and 4-5 respectively.

Boys basketball

—LIC tournament — At Newton, Ill., Casey scored more than half its points in the fourth quarter Saturday to defeat Mount Carmel 47-43 in the opening round of the Little Illini Conference tournament.

Trailing 31-23 after three periods, the Warriors outscored the Golden Aces 24-12 down the stretch to move into the winners bracket against top-seeded Olney, which defeated Paris 56-20 on Saturday.

Ryan Richards had 20 points for Casey, while Hayden Parcel added 10 and Luke Karras came off the bench to grab eight rebounds.

Marshall lost 61-43 to Newton in another first-round game as Payton McGuire scored 10 points and Trey Scott and R.J. Mattes had eight each.

Marshall, now 8-12, plays Robinson in the second consolation-bracket game Monday, following the opener between Paris and Mt. Carmel.

Casey and Olney play the first semifinal game on Tuesday followed by Newton against Lawrenceville, which beat Robinson 61-43.

—North Central 54, North Vermillion 53 — At Cayuga, Ethan Willis had 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as the visiting Thunderbirds won a nonconference game on a last-second shot Saturday.

Jayden Hooper added 13 points for North Central, now 8-6, which plays Friday at Bloomfield.

Matthew Dawson had a game-high 22 points, Jerome White 13 and Owen Edwards 10 for the Falcons, 9-6, who have a makeup game Monday at Parke Heritage.

Girls basketball

—North Central 63, North Vermillion 46 — At Cayuga, Shelby Seay and Kimber Ladson each hit three 3-pointers as the visiting Thunderbirds got off to a 31-8 lead after one quarter in a nonconference game Saturday.

Jalyn Davidson had 17 points, Seay 15 and Ladson those nine for the Thunderbirds, 12-10, who host Riverton Parke in a makeup game on Monday.

Lauren Ellis had 14 points, Kera Dunham 11 and Cadence Dunham and Braxtyn Dunham 10 each for the Falcons, 10-11, who play Tuesday at Crawfordsville.

—Sullivan 62, Cloverdale 25 — At Cloverdale, Jacie Wilson had a game-high 22 points as the Golden Arrows completed their Western Indiana Conference season Saturday.

Ally McKinley added 10 points for Sullivan, now 18-5 and 9-1. The Golden Arrows complete their regular season at home Tuesday against Linton.

Emily Mann scored 12 for the Clovers, 2-19 and 0-9, who play Tuesday at North Daviess.

College track

—Pomeroys compete — At Rose-Hulman, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods athletes have broken multiple school records in three straight meets to begin the indoor season following the Friday Night Spikes meet this week.

Krislynn Bailey of Terre Haute broke her own mark in the women's pole vault, taking first place with a leap of 11 feet, 4 1/2 inches. Bailey's height ranks 17th in the NAIA, putting her one spot shy of qualifying for the NAIA national championships.

Thomas Chapman of Brazil beat his previous school record by six seconds in the men's 3,000 meters, running in 8 minutes, 44.80 seconds. Chapman took third place as Wabash junior Brayden Curnutt won by a tenth of a second over Joe Barnett of Wabash and 36-hundredths in front of Chapman.

Xavier Rahe broke his own record in the men's 400 for the second straight week, taking third with a time of 52.04 seconds. Savannah Lewis matched the school record of Hope McGuire in the 60, running a time of 7.91 seconds to take first place. Lewis edged McGuire by three-hundredths of a second Friday to take the win. McGuire won the 200 in a school-record time of 26.40 seconds.

Freshman Tristan Benskin of Clinton broke his own school record in the men's shot put, taking second with a throw of 45-2.

Ahmad Benford of Terre Haute took first in the men's long jump with a leap of 22-0 3/4.

The SMWC men took fifth place out of eight teams with 62 1/2 points, while the SMWC women were fourth with 77.