Anderson, Ind. - The Franklin College men's basketball team's rally from an 18-point second-half deficit fell short in an 82-79 road Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) loss to Anderson University on Saturday.
Franklin (6-7, 3-3 HCAC) trailed 67-49 with 13:13 left before going on a 15-3 run over the next four minutes. A layup by senior Terry Sargent (Indianapolis, Ind./Howe) gave the visitors a 79-78 lead with 47 seconds remaining.
Anderson (2-11, 2-4 HCAC) quickly converted a layup by Max Mollaun to regain the lead, 80-79, with 42 seconds left.
After a Franklin turnover, the Ravens missed the first of a bonus free throw situation. The Grizzlies were fouled with six seconds left, but could not convert on their one-and-one free throw situation.
Anderson's Micah Smith made two free throws to push the lead to three points, 82-79, with four seconds left. Franklin sophomore Trae Washington (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) game-tying three-point field goal attempt missed in the closing seconds.
The Ravens led 50-38 at the half.
Sophomore Dion Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) led four double-figure scorers with 22 points. He also had a game-high seven rebounds. Smith shot 7-of-8 from the floor and made 8-of-9 free throw attempts.
Washington scored 15 points and had seven assists. Sargent added 14 points and senior J.T. Barton (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) had a season-high 13 points. Barton scored seven points during Franklin's 15-3 run in the second half.
Anderson was led by Mollaun with 22 points and nine assists. Nate Gross and Nathaniel Acree each scored 15 points.
Both teams shot well in the contest with Franklin connecting on 65.9 percent of its shots, while Anderson had 59.6 percent shooting.
Franklin returns to action on Wednesday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. when it travels to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Live video and 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).