By Adriane Bruner
Sports information assistant
BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University men gave Rose-Hulman all it wanted and then some during the first 20 minutes, rolling out to a 40-22 lead, but when the dust settled, the number one team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference showed why it has been there all season with a methodical 61-55 victory on Saturday.
Leading the Beavers was Thayne Recker with 12 points, going 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. Also in double digits for Bluffton was Dustin Kinn with 10 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting in his first start since the teams last met back in early January.
Pacing the Engineers was Julian Strickland with 27, six boards and three assists while shooting 10-of-17 from the field.