On Campus: Alec Houpt supplies R-H factor off the bench
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent February 4, 2013 11:06PM
Updated: March 6, 2013 6:33AM
Rose-Hulman is off to its best start in the history of the program.
The Engineers cruised 73-40 at Anderson, then followed up with a 54-49 victory over host Transylvania to take a two-game lead in the Heartland Conference. Reserve Alec Houpt (Chesterton) contributed a career-high 10 points against Anderson. The 6-5 junior sank five of shots and grabbed four rebounds.
Rose-Hulman (19-2, 13-1) avenged an earlier 69-60 loss to Transylvania (16-5, 11-3) with Houpt supplying six points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. They have won six straight.
Seniors Nate Kasper (Wheeler) and Tom Peller (Chesterton) have sparked Taylor’s seven-game winning streak, ranking 1-2 in scoring with 13-point plus averages. Kasper scored a season-high 30 points Saturday and grabbed nine rebounds in a 54-49 victory over Marian. While the Knights focused on stopping Peller, who was limited to four points, Kasper cashed in 16 of Taylor’s first 18 points.
Peller recently turned in his best all-around performance of 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 68-50 victory over St. Francis, following a career-high 28 against Goshen. Coach Paul Patterson’s Trojans are 19-7, (11-3 Crossroads Conference).
UIC will bring a balanced approach to Valparaiso tonight. Hayden Humes (Valparaiso) is one of four Flames in double-figures. The 6-8 junior hybrid combines perimeter marksmanship — his .398 three-point percentage tops the Flames — with team leadership on the boards (5.7 average).
Last week he chalked up 18 points in a Horizon League victory over Green Bay. Saturday he followed up with 12, but the Flames (14-9, 5-5) lost to Cleveland State for the 12th straight time.
No stopping this pickpocket: Ball State’s Chris Bond (Gary/Bowman) leads the Mid-American Conference in steals with 46. The 6-4 junior should more than double his previous season of 29. He has also blocked 10 shots.
Victories over Northwestern and Mizzouri in a weekend invitational at the Big Ten school gave Notre Dam its 400th dual win. Chesterton’s Bill Bass scored points in the 100 and 200 butterly and two freestyle relays on the historic weekend.
Ball State’s Bridgette Ruehl (Lowell) followed up a season-best 2:12.59 victory in the 200 IM against Evansville with winning performances at Miami of Ohio in the 100 (1:03.84) and 200 (2:19.69) breastroke events.
Indianapolis’ Jerel Flournoy (Gary) set provisional Division II marks in the Tom Hathaway Invitational with victories in the 400 meters (49.49) and long jump (7.15 meters). In the Gladstein Invitational teammate Robert Gardner (Gary) was clocked in 48.05 in the 400. The Wallace grads also teamed up for a season-best 3:13.54 in the 1600 relay.