Terre Haute, Ind. – Four Pioneers scored in double figures as the Transylvania men's basketball team defeated the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers 78-75 at Hulbert Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The victory improves Transylvania's record to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Rose-Hulman falls to 2-1 in league play and 4-4 overall.
The game was a hard-fought matchup of two perennial HCAC powers that featured nine ties and 15 lead changes, along with 40 personal fouls.
After trading baskets early in the game, neither team was able to create any separation, and with seven minutes remaining in the half, a jumper from Transylvania sophomore guard Will Sivills evened the score at 24-24.
From that point, Rose-Hulman then went on a 14-4 run to take a 38-28 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half. However, the Pioneers fought back and a pair of buckets from Theobald and Sivills in the final minute cut the deficit to 40-36 at the half.
After evening the score yet again early in the second half, the Pioneers retook the lead at 49-48 with a basket by sophomore guard Michael Jefferson at the 15:34 mark.
The Fightin' Engineers were able to cut the Pioneers' lead to just one point, but the Pioneers' defense held Rose-Hulman without a shot attempt in the game's final possession, sealing the 78-75 victory.
For the game, Transylvania outscored Rose-Hulman 38-20 in the paint, and held a 23-8 advantage in bench points, while the Fightin' Engineers outrebounded the Pioneers 42-33.
The Pioneers will next be in action on Saturday, December 15, as they play host to the Anderson University Ravens. The game is set for a 3 p.m. tipoff at the Beck Center.
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