MOUNT VERNON, Iowa – The Franklin College men's basketball team completed a season-opening two-game road trip on Saturday night, taking on a veteran Cornell College squad inside the Multi-Sport Center.
Senior center John Beineke finished with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting to lead the Grizzlies (0-2). But a fast start to each half by the hosts proved to be the difference as Cornell (2-0) came away with an 88-66 win.
The Rams came out firing, opening up a 14-1 lead less than four minutes into the contest. Franklin would slowly begin to chip away at the Cornell lead over the final 10 minutes of the first half, cutting what was a 21-point lead down to 34-24 with under three minutes left before the break. An Ismail Jones three-point play before the end of the period had Franklin within striking distance at 39-28 when the teams went into the locker room.
But that was as close as the Grizzlies would get as Cornell started off the second half with a 14-0 run. Franklin would close out the game by scoring 17 of the game's last 28 points, but the prior deficit was too great to overcome before the final horn.
A total of 13 different Grizzlies recorded at least one point on the night with Beineke the only player to reach double figures for Franklin. Jordan Anderson just missed out on his second straight double-digit game, finishing with nine points. Franklin knocked down 36.5 percent (23-for-63) of their shots on the night, going 2-for-19 from long range and 18-for-26 from the line.
Cornell got a game-high 29 points from Corey Davis, as the Rams connected on 47.6 percent (30-for-63) of their shots.
Rebounds were 44-39 in favor of the Rams. Beineke topped the Grizzlies with six boards while Borden Kennedy and Danny Goggans grabbed five each. Cornell finished with 44 points in the paint to 40 for Franklin. The Grizzlies held a 20-17 advantage in points off turnovers while both teams got 29 points from their respective benches.
The Grizzlies now turn their attention to their home opener this coming Tuesday (Nov. 21) against Boyce College, the first of four straight games for Franklin inside the Spurlock Center.
Tipoff is set for approximately 8:00 p.m.