TERRE HAUTE, IND. – The guard combination of junior Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) and freshman Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) led Manchester University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday, Dec. 14.
MU, falling to 1-9 overall and 0-3 in the conference, was tripped up by Rose-Hulman 74-57. A tough shooting effort from the field in the first half, where the Black and Gold went just four-of-15, helped the host Fightin' Engineers (6-3, 2-1 HCAC) get out to a 33-15 halftime advantage. The Spartans rebounded in the second 20 minutes, turning in a strong 57.7 percent effort from the field, to whittle the deficit to as little as 15 but could get no closer.
Dolezal, registering his fourth double-figure scoring output in six games, tallied 15 points. He also dished out a team-high three assists and picked up one of MU's three steals. Casteel came off the bench for 14 points, thanks in large part to a four-of-four finish from outside the arc, to earn his fourth double-figure scoring game and a single-game season high. Fellow freshman guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) added seven points and grabbed a team-leading six rebounds.\
Manchester University breaks from competition until Saturday, Jan. 4, hosting the College of Mt. St. Joseph of Ohio.
NOTES: Dolezal, MU's leading scorer at 13.2 points per game, has seen his average jump better than a point (1.2) since his current stretch of three successive double-figure contests … Brouwer's six rebounds marked a single-game season high for the freshman.