WHEATON, Ill. – The Franklin men's basketball team tipped off the Wheaton College Lee Pfund Classic on Friday (Nov. 15) night, taking on the Falcons from UW-River Falls in the tournament's opening contest.
Sophomore Matt Krause set a career-high with 26 points while knocking down a personal-best six three-pointers on the night. But it wasn't enough as the Grizzlies (1-2) dropped their meeting with the Falcons (2-0) by a score of 89-65.
The Falcons jumped out to a 10-2 lead before three minutes had passed in the contest, but the Grizzlies were able to claw their way out of an early hole. Right around the 10-minute mark of the first half, Franklin took their first lead of the night when a Jordan Anderson triple put the Grizzlies up 22-21.
Bennie Patterson gave the Grizzlies their largest lead of the night with a three of his own that made it 27-23 with 7:31 to go in the half. But buckets were tough to come by the rest of the half for Franklin and the Falcons took advantage, closing out the opening period with an 18-4 run to take a 41-31 lead into the locker room.
Franklin opened the second half on a 9-4 run, cutting the Falcon lead to five following a Kale Morris jumper that made it 45-40 less than three minutes into the final frame. But a four-minute scoreless stretch midway though the period allowed the Falcons to run the lead into double figures, where it would remain for much of the time remaining.
The Grizzlies knocked down 40% (20-for-50) of their field goals on the night, going 9-for-22 from three and 16-for-18 at the free throw line. The Falcons rode a hot shooting performance to victory, knocking down 60% (33-for-55) of their attempts on the evening.
Franklin will close out their current four-game road trip on Saturday (Nov. 16) afternoon, when they meet either Principia or Wheaton in the tournament's consolation game. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. eastern time.