RECAP | Strong Second Half Powers Grizzlies Past Bulldogs in Final Non-Conference Game of the Year

Photo courtesy of Angie Palmer
Photo courtesy of Angie Palmer

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Playing their final contest of the 2018 calendar year, the Franklin College men's basketball team closed out their non-conference schedule on a high note with a 95-64 win over Boyce College on Wednesday (Dec. 19) night.

The Grizzlies (4-7) had four players score in double figures, led by Danny Goggans' career-high 29 points to go along with 15 rebounds. Kale Morris added a season-high 21 points for the Grizzlies as Franklin used a monster second half to pull away from the Bulldogs (0-12) and secure the win.

"We had some good traction in the first half but we really put it together in the second half," Head coach Kerry Prather said after the win. "We controlled the game with our defense, our work on the boards and our transition. When we're at our best, that's how we win. We did a good job taking care of the ball and especially when we played at a fast pace."

Franklin grabbed the lead right out of the gate, starting off the night with a 9-2 run that lasted the first five minutes of the game. The Bulldogs shook off their early deficit, getting back within 16-13 at the 11:32 mark thanks to an 8-0 run. Franklin would answer with a seven-minute stretch that saw them outscore the Bulldogs 14-5, eventually taking a 36-28 lead into the break.

The Grizzlies wasted little time restoring a double-digit lead in the second half, blowing the game open with a 17-4 run that stretched their lead to 60-38 with 12:45 to play. The Grizzlies would grow their lead to as many as 33 points before the final horn, shooting 63.9 percent (23-for-36) from the field in the second half alone to put the game out of reach.

Jordan Anderson added 13 points and Sam Gutierrez finished with 12 points and a career-high 12 assists. Franklin shot 55.1 percent (38-for-69) on the night, knocking down 8-of-23 three-pointers and 11-of-18 free throws.

Franklin dominated the game down low, out-scoring Boyce 54-22 in the paint. The Grizzlies forced 24 Bulldog turnovers that turned into 34 points, and their 14 fast break points on the night set a new season high. The Grizzlies did a great job sharing the ball, finishing with a season-high 25 assists on their 38 field goals.

The Grizzlies have two weeks off to enjoy the holiday and get ready to resume Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play. The Grizzlies open the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 2 when they travel north to take on the Manchester Spartans. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.