Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's basketball team endured its first loss of the season by the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers 75-69 Saturday afternoon at the Beck Center.
Consistent three-point shooting from the Engineers was key in dropping the Pioneers to a 5-1 overall record and 2-1 record in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Rose-Hulman hit four triples in the first half and added five more in the second half to finish the game shooting 53 percent from three-point range.
The Pioneers shot just 3-for-16 from the three-point line and missed 11 free throws in Saturday's defeat.
Junior guard Cooper Theobald led all players in scoring with 21 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Senior forward Robert Dence notched his first double-double of the season with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and one block.
The Pioneers won the turnover battle decisively, forcing the Engineers into 22 turnovers while committing just six of their own.
The Engineers carried a three-point lead to the break in a back-and-forth first half contest. Their lead ballooned to 18 in the second half behind some timely sharpshooting from guards Ryuji Aoki and Craig McGee.
Transylvania nearly erased the full lead, pulling within three points of Rose-Hulman but the Engineers came up with timely stops and key rebounds down the stretch.
The Pioneers will break for finals before resuming their schedule next Saturday, December 16 as they visit the Anderson University Ravens in Anderson, Indiana. Tip-off for that game is set for 4:00 p.m. at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.
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