Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College men's basketball team fell to 3-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action with a 67-65 home loss to Manchester University on Thursday from the Spurlock Center.
Senior Terry Sargent (Indianapolis, Ind./Howe) recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. The guard also added six assists. Sophomore Dion Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) added 12 points and freshman Matt Niehoff (Rushville, Ind./Rushville) scored 10 points off the bench.
Franklin (6-6, 3-2 HCAC) cut a 10-point first-half deficit to six points, 33-27, at halftime. Manchester (2-10, 1-4 HCAC) shot 56 percent in the first half in building the halftime advantage.
In the second half, the Grizzlies went on an 8-2 run to trail 43-42 with 13:04 left. The team took a 53-49 lead with 7:42 remaining following a three-point field goal by Niehoff.
However, Manchester scored eight straight points to regain a 57-53 advantage with 5:37 left. The Spartans took a 65-61 lead with 1:10 remaining after a layup by Jon Thompson. Thompson scored a game-high 30 points.
Later, Thompson missed the first free throw in a bonus situation. Franklin's Trae Washington (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) missed a layup and Niehoff was unsuccessful on a 15-foot game-tying field goal attempt just before time expired.
Franklin returns to action on Saturday, January 11 at 3 p.m. when it travels to Anderson University. The Grizzlies have won both of their road HCAC games this winter. Live statistics of the game will be available here. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).