Men's Basketball

Transy men, women drop close basketball games

The Transylvania University men's and women's basketball teams took a pair of tough losses on Saturday against visiting Rose-Hulman.

The Rose-Hulman men overcame a career-high 25 points from Transylvania freshman point guard Cooper Theobald to win 68-60 at the Beck Center.

The women saw their five-game winning streak snapped, 65-61, despite 26 points from Katelyn Smith and 20 by Shawn Kolani.

The men fell behind early and played from behind the rest of the way. Senior forward and leading scorer Parker Stansberry picked up two quick fouls and headed to the bench as Rose-Hulman bolted to an 8-2 lead.

With 7:39 left in the first half, Transylvania went on a 8-0 run to pull within 26-24, but the Engineers finished the half on a 9-2 run for a 35-26 advantage.

Theobald scored 19 of his 25 in the second half, but Rose-Hulman never lost its lead.

After winning four straight, Transylvania dropped its second in a row, falling to 6-11 overall and 5-5 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Rose-Hulman is 9-8 and 6-4.

The Pioneers return to action Wednesday, at home against Earlham.

The Transylvania women moved to 11-6 and 7-3 after its loss Saturday to Rose-Hulman (14-3, 8-2).

Kolani, who made six three-pointers in Wednesday's Transy win at Mount St. Joseph, tossed in another five Saturday. Smith kept Rose-Hulman busy with an array of mid-range drives and fall-away buckets.

The Pioneers jumped out quickly and built their biggest lead of the game at 31-17 in the second quarter.

Rose-Hulman kept things close at the foul line, burying 21 of 26 attempts in the game. Transylvania attempted only three free throws and made all three.

The Engineers trailed 45-43 entering the fourth quarter but put the game away by limiting Smith to just two points in the final frame.

Transylvania visits Earlham on Wednesday.

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