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Grizzlies men earn HCAC road win

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Bailey Howard’s 3-point basket gave his team the lead for good, and visiting Franklin College went on to win 75-63 in a men’s basketball game at Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday night.

Trailing 53-52, Howard buried a trey with 9:44 left, touching off a 23-10 run that enabled the Grizzlies to win going away.

Franklin improved to 4-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and 9-5 overall, while the Lions fell to 4-3 in the league and 5-9.

The Grizzlies now are tied for fourth place in the HCAC standings with Mount St. Joseph and Defiance.

Howard, who hit five 3-pointers in all, led all scorers with 30 points. The junior guard also hit 7 of 8 free throws and made three assists.

Senior forward Gunner Erwin added 20 points and a game-best nine rebounds, and junior guard Terry Sargent chipped in a career-high 12 points.

Franklin shot 60.9 percent from the field in the second period after hitting for just 36.4 percent in the opening half but still led at the break by two points.

The Grizzlies hit 10 of 21 shots from behind the arc.

Joel Scudder and Ken Kunkel led the Lions with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Andy Countryman added 10 for the hosts.

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