NEWS | Krause Collects First Career HCAC Player of the Week Award

Photo: Ralph Greenslade
Photo: Ralph Greenslade

CARMEL, Ind. – Franklin College sophomore forward Matt Krause was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's (HCAC) Player of the Week on Monday (Nov. 18) afternoon, earning the award for the first time in his career.

The West Lafayette, Ind.-native was a force for the Grizzlies last week, helping Franklin go 2-1 with wins over DePauw and Principia. Krause averaged 20 points and 7.7 rebounds during the week, shooting 51.3% (20-for-39) from the floor, 52.6%% (10-for-19) from three-point range and 83.3% (10-for-12) from the free throw line.

In the week's opening game against DePauw, Krause finished with 13 points and pulled down 11 boards in an 80-73 win over the Tigers, securing the Grizzlies' first road win against their in-state foe since 1997. Saturday night against Principia, he recorded his third double-double on the young season with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a hard-fought 72-69 win over Principia. Additionally, he set career highs with 26 points and six three-pointers Friday night against UW-River Falls.

He is the first Grizzly to earn the league's weekly award this season and becomes the first since Borden Kennedy earned the honor back on Feb. 18. Krause leads the Grizzlies with 20 points and nine rebounds per game coming into this week.

Franklin hosts Spalding University on Wednesday (Nov. 20) night in their first home game of the season. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 7:30 p.m.