TERRE HAUTE — Franklin College senior Bailey Howard scored 17 points after returning from an injury in a 74-56 loss at Rose-Hulman in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball action Wednesday.
Rose-Hulman (11-3, 6-1 HCAC) extended its winning streak to eight games and remained in first place in the league standings.
Jimmy Miller had 32 points in leading the hosts.
Franklin College (6-8, 3-4 HCAC) trailed 15-4 in the first eight minutes of the game. However, the visitors withstood the early surge by outscoring the Fightin’ Engineers 22-12 to trail by one point, 27-26, at halftime.
Howard scored nine of his 17 points in the first half and finished the game shooting 6 of 9, including 3 of 6 from behind the 3-point arc.
With Rose-Hulman leading 40-34 with 13:22 left, the Engineers went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes. The Grizzlies could not get the deficit into single digits the rest of the way.
Senior Terry Sargent added 11 points. Sophomore Trae Washington scored six points, and freshman Trevor Selburg had five points off the bench.
Franklin College returns to action at 4 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Defiance College.