Special to the Daily Journal
Franklin College senior Gunner Erwin was on target again as the Grizzlies routed host Manchester University 86-65 in men’s basketball action Sunday afternoon.
Erwin, a forward and Franklin’s lone fourth-year player, hit 9 of 11 field-goal attempts, including all five of his 3-point shots, and scored a game-high 23 points to help his team improve to 5-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and 10-5 overall.
The Grizzlies moved into a tie for fourth place in the league and ended a three-game losing streak in Manchester’s gym.
The host Spartans dropped to 1-7 in the conference and 4-11 overall.
Erwin scored 13 of his 23 points in the second half, when Franklin increased its 14-point halftime lead to as much as 26 points on two occasions before the final buzzer.
Junior guard Bailey Howard added 15 points for Franklin. Howard, who had led the Grizzlies in scoring in eight of Franklin’s 14 contests going in, had a career-best seven assists.
The Grizzlies had 23 assists in all, their best total of the year.
Junior guards J.T. Barton and Terry Sargent contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Grizzlies.
Franklin shot 56.4 percent from the field overall and hit 11 of 24 (45.8 percent) of its 3-point attempts.
The Spartans were led by David House with 19 points and Jon Thompson with 14.