FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men's basketball team returned to action on Saturday afternoon, continuing a four-game home stand against the Thunder of Wheaton College.
For the second consecutive game, four Grizzlies reached double-digits in points, led by senior John Beineke's 17-point effort. But the Grizzlies (1-3) were under seige from a hot-shooting Thunder (3-1) team, as Wheaton left the Spurlock Center with an 83-70 win.
Freshman Sam Gutierrez and sophomore Jordan Anderson added 15 and 14 points, respectively. Freshman Danny Goggans chipped in with 11 points off the bench, setting a new career-high total in scoring. In the end, the Grizzlies fell victim to a Wheaton team that shot 54.2 percent (32-for-59) from the floor on the afternoon, denying the Grizzlies of their second straight win.
The two sides combined for four lead changes and three ties in the game's opening eight minutes. With the score tied at 16, Wheaton would seize the lead with an 11-2 run over a two-minute stretch to take a 27-18 lead halfway through the first half.
The Thunder lead would grow to as many as 15 late in the first half with the Thunder knocking down 62.1 percent (18-for-29) of their field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes. Franklin would get within single digits late in the first half and trail the Thunder 45-34 at the break.
The visitor's lead would grow to 62-45 less than six minutes into the second half, but the Grizzlies refused to give in. Franklin would rattle off a 13-2 run over the next four minutes, closing the gap to 64-58 after a Gutierrez three with 10:17 to play.
But the Thunder would respond with an 11-2 run of their own, pushing the lead back to double digits where it would stay for the rest of the afternoon.
Franklin connected on 42.9 percent (24-for-56) of their field goals, going 6-for-18 from deep and 16-for-28 from the free throw line. Goggans finished one rebound shy of a double-double, grabbing a team-leading nine rebounds for Franklin. Wheaton finished the game with a 41-27 advantage in the rebounding battle.
The Grizzlies continue their four-game home stand this coming Tuesday (Nov. 28) night, taking on the Colonels of Centre College. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 7:30 p.m.