Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College men's basketball team completes a two-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) road swing on Wednesday, January 15 when it goes to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, starting at 7:30 p.m., in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Grizzlies look to end a two-game losing streak, falling by a combined five points in the two contests. Franklin has a 6-7 record on the season and is 3-3 in league play.
Franklin is coming off an 82-79 road loss at Anderson University on Saturday. The team trailed by 18 points in the second half before taking a 79-78 lead in the final minute. The Grizzlies lost 67-65 to Manchester University on January 9 in the Spurlock Center.
Senior Bailey Howard (Nashville, Ind./Brown County) continues to lead the HCAC in scoring at 23.8 points per game. The guard is making 51 percent of his three-point field goal attempts and is shooting 82 percent from the free throw line this winter.
Sophomore Dion Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) is coming off a 22-point performance at Anderson. That scoring effort improved his season scoring average to 13 points per game. Smith leads the team at 5.7 rebounds per outing.
Senior Troy Porter (Frankfort, Ind./Frankfort) is averaging 12 points per outing, while classmate Terry Sargent (Indianapolis, Ind./Howe) rounds out the Grizzlies' double-figure scorers at 11.2 points per game.
Sophomore Trae Washington (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) is nearly in the double-digit category, scoring 9.9 points per outing and tops the team with 57 assists.
Franklin leads the HCAC in scoring, averaging 80.9 points per contest. The team is making 40 percent of its three-point field goal attempts and has 39 more three pointers than its opponents this season.
Rose-Hulman is tied atop the conference standings with a 6-1 league record. The Fightin' Engineers have won seven straight games, and stand 10-3 on the season and 5-1 in home games. The team is coming off a 58-57 road triumph at Defiance College last Saturday. Rose-Hulman's lone conference loss was a 62-59 setback at Transylvania University on December 7. Julian Strickland, last season's HCAC Most Valuable Player, ranks second in the conference in scoring at 22.1 points per game. Jimmy Miller is averaging 9.1 points per outing. Ten of the team's 11 players scored in the victory at Defiance.