Franklin, Ind. - The Franklin College men's basketball team lost a high-scoring contest 96-89 at Transylvania University on Wednesday evening in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play. Franklin stands 10-12 on the season and is 7-8 in league action.
Transylvania (9-13, 7-8 HCAC) led 48-41 at halftime, but built a double-digit lead early in the second half. A basket by Joe Jennings gave the hosts a 57-46 lead with 16:07 left.
The lead grew to 12 points, 63-51, with 13:04 remaining before Franklin used a 12-2 run over the next two minutes to trim the deficit to 65-63 midway through the period. A four-point play by senior Bailey Howard (Nashville, Ind./Brown County) got the deficit to two points.
However, Transylvania increased the margin to 13 points, 82-69, after three free throws by Alex Jones at the 7:21 mark. Franklin cut the lead to four points on a couple of occasions, trailing 91-87 with 1:38 left.
Senior Troy Porter (Frankfort, Ind./Frankfort) made a layup with 20 seconds left to make it a one possession game at 92-89. Transylvania's Logan Wade made two free throws and a missed three-point field goal attempt by Howard secured the victory for the Pioneers.
Howard scored a game-high 22 points and made four of his six three-point field goal attempts in the contest. Porter added 18 points, while senior Terry Sargent (Indianapolis, Ind./Howe) scored 17 points. Freshman Trevor Selburg (Bloomington, Ind./Edgewood) scored a career-high 11 points.
Transylvania was led by Alex Jones with 20 points, while Parker Stansberry had 17 points. The Pioneers shot 51.7 percent in the win.
Franklin returns to action on Saturday, February 15 at 3 p.m. when it travels to Earlham College. Live video and statistics of the game will be available here. In-game updates will also be available at Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).