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Senior sharp-shooter lifts Grizzlies to win

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Franklin College senior Bailey Howard scored 45 points in leading the men’s basketball team to a 92-82 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory at Bluffton University on Saturday.

The 45 points are the third-most points scored in league history.

Franklin improves to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play, with both victories coming on the road.

The Grizzlies set the three-point field goal percentage school record, making 11 of 13 shots (84.6 percent).

Howard tied the three-point field goal percentage school record by connecting on all seven of his three pointers. He matched Justin Castelli with a 7-for-7 performance against Earlham College during the 2003-04 season. Howard made five three pointers with 31 first-half points.

Howard’s 45 points were one shy of tying Craig Plummer’s school-record of 46 points against Taylor University during the 1967-68 season.

Franklin took an early 14-8 lead at the 14:37 mark of the first after Howard scored 10 consecutive points. The Grizzlies’ lead grew to seven points, 30-23, with 8:51 left following a pair of free throws from Howard.

A three-point field goal by Howard put the Grizzlies ahead 41-33 with 5:38 remaining.

Franklin led 50-47 at halftime after shooting 70 percent from the floor.

The Grizzlies had a quick start to the second half, building a 61-49 lead after a layup by Howard with 16:40 left. Bluffton (3-4, 1-1 HCAC) used an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to trim the deficit to one point, 61-60.

But back-to-back three pointers by sophomore Trae Washington and freshman Aaron Mann pushed the lead to 68-63.

Later, a three-point field goal from freshman Robbie Prather gave Franklin a 76-65 advantage with 9:20 left.

Bluffton trimmed the lead to four points, 80-76, after a pair of free throws from Will Pope at the 4:39 mark. On the next offensive possession, Howard’s seventh three-pointer helped secure the victory.

Senior Terry Sargent scored 10 points, while freshman Brett McCory (Vallonia/Brownstown Central) had a career-high nine points off the bench.

The Grizzlies shot 61 percent from the floor for the game.

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