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College Basketball: Recker leads Bluffton in loss to Rose-Hulman

BLUFFTON — Julian Strickland dropped in 27 points as Rose-Hulman rallied from a 40-22 halftime deficit to defeat Bluffton University 61-55 and stay atop the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings Saturday.
With the win, the Fighting Engineers improved to 19-4 overall and 14-2 in HCAC play, and Rose-Hulman coach Jim Shaw earned his 300th win at the school.
Bluffton started the game on fire, hitting 59.3 percent (16 of 27) in the first half, but made only 30 percent (6 of 20) after halftime.
The Fighting Engineers outrebounded the Beavers 30-21 and shot 51.1 percent (23 of 45) from the field in the contest, including a 65.2 percent-showing (15 of 23) over the final 20 minutes.
Thayne Recker (Arlington) had a team-high 12 points, Dustin Kinn (New Riegel) added 10 points and Billy Taflinger grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists for Bluffton (8-15, 4-12).

BU drops women’s contest
BLUFFTON — Kaitlyn Pennekamp led four Bluffton University scorers in double figures Saturday with 22 points to go with six steals as the Beavers dropped Rose-Hulman 71-61 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at the Sommer Center.
Bluffton, which improved to 13-10 overall and 9-7 in the HCAC, outscored the Fighting Engineers 40-30 in the second half to pull away after the teams played to a 31-31 tie in the first half. The Beavers were outrebounded 43-30 but forced Rose-Hulman into 28 turnovers.
Bluffton finished 26 of 68 (38.2 percent) from the field and 13 of 18 (72.2 percent) from the free-throw line.
Brooke Ruffer tossed in 12 points and had four steals, Mikayla Coburn added 12 points, Taylor Knight contributed 11 points and five assists and Belicia Copper grabbed 11 rebounds for the Beavers.
Sheree Williams finished with 13 points, Josie Schmidt tallied 11 and Abbie Marshall notched 10 for Rose-Hulman (8-15, 6-10 HCAC).

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