Grizzlies lose shootout against Anderson

Special to the Daily Journal

The Franklin College men’s basketball team had four players reach double figures, but it wasn’t enough Saturday against visiting Anderson.

In a clash between Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals, the Ravens defeated the host Grizzlies 102-93.

Franklin shot 52.3 percent in the game and got a career-high 21 points from sophomore Robbie Prather. Sophomore Aaron Mann scored 19 for the Grizzlies, and junior Trae Washington added 16 points and nine assists.

Sophomore Brett McCory rounded out Franklin’s double-figure scorers with 12 points.

Anderson (5-8, 4-2 HCAC) closed the first half on a 14-6 run over the final 4:16 to take a 48-40 lead

into halftime.

Franklin (3-10, 2-4 HCAC) scored on its first four possessions of the second half. However, the Ravens matched with baskets on their first five possessions. A layup by Prather trimmed the deficit to 60-54 with 15:45 left.

A three-point play by sophomore John Beineke brought Franklin within 65-60 with 12:18 remaining. Anderson used an 11-4 run over the next three minutes to take a 75-64 lead.

The Grizzlies battled back to trail by eight points, 80-72, at the 6:12 mark. A three-point field goal by Prather cut the margin to five points, 96-91, with 50 seconds left.

Anderson made all eight of its free throw attempts in the final 1:09 to secure the victory. The Ravens went 29-of-39 from the free throw line in the game.

Anderson’s Max Mollaun scored 30 points and Justin Jordan added 29 points.

Franklin returns to action Wednesday against visiting Rose-Hulman.