Cincinnati, Ohio - The College of Mount St. Joseph had five double-figure scorers in defeating Franklin College 87-68 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday.
MSJ (11-5, 8-2 HCAC) led 41-26 at halftime and shot 52.6 percent in the game.
Franklin (7-10, 4-6 HCAC) was led by freshman Robbie Prather (Franklin, Ind./Roncalli) with a career-high 19 points. He made five three-point field goals. Sophomore Dion Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) added 10 points.
The hosts got 18 points from Mark Allen, while Joel Scudder scored 17 points. Andy Countryman and Travis Combs added 12 points and David Mann had 10 points.
MSJ went on an 8-0 run to take a 20-9 lead midway through the first half. A layup from Countryman stretched the lead to 29-14 with 6:36 left. The Lions led by 15 points, 41-26, at the break.
MSJ, who is tied for the league lead, maintained its hot shooting and pulled away in the second half.
Franklin returns to action on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. when it travels to Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. Live statistics and video of the game will be available here. In-game updates will be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).