Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College men's basketball team strives to get back to the .500 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play when it travels to the College of Mount St. Joseph on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m. in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The contest begins the second half of the conference schedule after a 97-93 home triumph over Transylvania University on Wednesday. The Grizzlies' 4-5 record is good for a fifth-place tie in the HCAC. Overall, the team stands 7-9 for the season.
Franklin looks to split the season series with Mount St. Joseph, which scored a 92-86 victory on December 14 inside the Spurlock Center.
Senior Bailey Howard (Nashville, Ind./Brown County) is the HCAC's second-ranked scorer at 22.4 points per game. He had 26 points, with 19 coming in the second half, in the victory over Transylvania. The guard is tops in the conference in three-point field goal accuracy, making 48.1 percent of his attempts from behind the arc.
Sophomore Dion Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) increased his season scoring averaging to 12.8 points per outing following 21 points on Wednesday night. He leads the Grizzlies in rebounding (5.8 rpg), blocks (24) and steals (24).
Franklin is averaging 78.6 points per game and is making 38 percent of its three-point field goal attempts for the season. The team has scored 90 or more points in five games this winter.
Mount St. Joseph is in a four-way tie for first place with a 7-2 record at the halfway mark of the HCAC season. The Lions are coming off a 90-67 road win at Anderson University on Wednesday. The victory improved the team to 10-5 on the season. Joel Scudder ranks fourth in the HCAC in scoring at 17.4 points per game. He stands second in three-point field goal percentage at 47.1 percent. Mark Allen is averaging 13.3 points per outing, while David Mann is another double-figure scorer at 11.3 points per contest.
Live video and statistics of Saturday's game will be available here.