Thursday, January 14, 2016

Transylvania Knocks Off Franklin for Third Consecutive Conference Win

Transylvania 94
Franklin 85

Final from Franklin, Indiana

Game recap by TU:

FRANKLIN, Ind.—Transylvania University's men's basketball team picked up their third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday night, knocking off the Franklin College Grizzlies 94-85. The Pioneers benefited from an explosive night from forward Parker Stansberry, who dropped 25 points on 50 percent (8-16) shooting.

The Pioneers led wire-to-wire in the contest, with only one tie in the game. After Stansberry scored on the opening possession for Transy, Franklin knotted the score on their next possession. Guard Alex Jones scored the next basket for the Pioneers at the 18:35 mark in the first half, giving Transylvania a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

Stansberry did the bulk of his damage in the opening period, scoring 14 points for Transy. After baskets by Jones and guard Cooper Theobald, Stansberry scored seven of the next 11 points for Transy, helping the Pioneers run out to a 20-13 lead with 10:54 to play in the half.

Franklin would close the gap to four over the next minute of game play but two Stansberry free throws, a layup from forward Robert Dence and a three-pointer from guard Tristan Burgess helped Transylvania stretch their lead to 31-24 just past the 7:30 mark.

Leading 37-32 with 5:20 in the half, Transylvania went on a 13-5 run to end the period, started by two free throws from guard Lowell Gordon and capped by a jumper from Jones with three seconds to play. The basket gave the Pioneers a 50-38 lead heading into the locker room.

Out of the intermission, the ball was in Jones' and Stansberry's hands offensively, as the duo combined to score the first 13 points of the second half. Jones knocked down a jumper and layup on Transylvania's first two possessions of the half before Stansberry scored nine straight for the Pioneers to give them a 63-46 lead at the 15:40 mark.

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