FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin senior center John Beineke became the newest member of the 1,000-point club on Wednesday (Jan. 17) night when the Franklin men's basketball team welcomed Transylvania University to the Spurlock Center.
Beineke led all players with 20 points on the night and was one of four players in double figures on the night for the Grizzlies (4-12, 3-6 HCAC). But Franklin fell victim to a big second half run from the Pioneers (12-4, 7-2 HCAC), as Transylvania left the Spurlock Center with an 84-69 win, spoiling Beineke's night.
"It was great to hit that milestone in front of the home crowd and it's something I'll be able to really appreciate forever," Beineke said after the game. "It stings that we weren't able to come away with the win."
"When we put ourselves in position and we execute, we perform well," Head coach Kerry Prather noted. "Tonight, it came down to our communication. We had a disconnect for a stretch tonight where we had breakdowns in communication and it cost us. The run that they went on in the second half was a combination of points we gave up in transition and on the offensive glass. It's an area of the game we need to clean up."
The Grizzlies used a 7-2 run midway through the opening half to take their largest lead of the night at 15-10 after a Kale Morris three-pointer at the 12:16 mark. Franklin held on to the lead until the 8:22 mark, when a three from Transy's Gabe Schmitt sparked a 17-2 run that put the Pioneers up 35-21 late in the first half.
Franklin refused to go away quietly, closing out the opening period with a 10-2 run that cut the Transy lead to 37-31 at the break. Morris led all player with 12 points on four first half three-pointers.
The Grizzlies started the second half strong, eventually re-taking the lead when a Sam Gutierrez three made it 47-45 Grizzlies with 14:18 to play. But shortly after, the Pioneers rattled the Grizzlies with a quick-strike offense and smothering defense that paved the way for a 21-2 run that made it 72-54 with 6:30 to play.
That hole proved to be too much for the Grizzlies to battle back from, as the Pioneers never led by fewer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Morris finished with 15 points, Borden Kennedy added 14 points and Hunter DeHaven poured in a career-high 13 for the Grizzlies. Franklin shot 40.4 percent (23-for-57) from the floor on the night, going 7-for-20 from three-point range and 16-for-22 from the line.
Transylvania had five players score in double figures as the team shot 47.2 percent (34-for-72) from the floor on the night. The Pioneers dominated on the glass, out-rebounding the Grizzlies, 50-30. Transylvania finished with a 21-6 advantage in second chance points and a 46-30 edge on points in the paint.
The Grizzlies will look to get back on track on Saturday (Jan. 20) afternoon, when they open up the second round of HCAC play at Hanover. Franklin is in search of a season split with the Panthers after Hanover took the first meeting of the year, 75-68, back on Dec. 2.
Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.