November 19, 2013

Men's Basketball Report (Week 1) - Franklin Opens Season with Wins Over Wabash & Centre

GREENWOOD, IN - Franklin College opened the season with a pair of impressive overtime wins.  The Grizzlies (2-0, 0-0 HCAC) tipped off the 2013-14 season Friday at Wabash, earning a 96-91 win over the Little Giants and opened the home schedule with a 102-97 win over No. 23 ranked Centre Monday evening.

Against Wabash, senior guard Bailey Howard (Nashville, Ind./Brown Co.) led the way with 25 points.  The senior scored 10 points in overtime, finishing the contest 3-for-6 from behind the arc.  Howard chipped in four assists and grabbed five rebounds in the win.

Howard also led the scoring with 34 points against nationally ranked Centre.  Sophomore guard Trea Washington (Bloomington, Ind./South) scored 12 of his 26 points in overtime to help the Grizzlies pull out the win over the visiting Colonels. 

Washington hit a game-tying three-point field goal with six seconds remaining to force the extra period at 87-87.

Franklin shot 52 percent from the floor and made 13 three-point field goals in the home victory.

The Grizzlies will play host to Adrian College Wednesday evening in their only action this week.

In other action...

Defiance (2-0, 0-0 HCAC) opened the season with a pair of wins at the Washington & Lee Tournament, earning the title at the event.  The Jackets opened with an 87-47 win over Southern Virginia and capped off the tourney with an 83-79 triumph over Ferrum.

Senior forward Ryan Hicks (Port Clinton, Ohio/H.S.) led the Yellow Jackets at the tournament, averaging 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per contest, while shooting 66.6% (16-24) from the field.  His efforts earned tournament MVP accolades.

Defiance will travel to Alma for an 8:00 PM tip Wednesday.

Mount St. Joseph (2-0, 0-0 HCAC) also opened the season 2-0 with a pair of wins at home over Wilmington and Heidelberg.  Junior guard Andy Countryman (Peebles, Ohio/H.S.) earned MVP honors at the MSJ Tip-Off Classic, averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while shooting 64 percent from the field.

For a complete recap of Week 1 in HCAC Men's Basketball, click here