FRANKLIN, IND. - Franklin
College shot 50% from the field and placed three players in double
figures to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 71-50 in men's
basketball action on Wednesday.
Three Engineers scored 10 points each to pace the
Rose-Hulman scoring effort. Sophomores Brenton
Balsbaugh (Greenville, Ohio/Arcanum) and Jon
Gerken (Defiance, Ohio/ Tinora) had 10 points and four
rebounds, with sophomore Nate Gissentanner (Conyers,
Ga./Rockdale County) recorded 10 points and four
Freshman Julian Strickland
(Indianapolis/Pike) and junior Jason Haslag (Linn,
Mo./Helias Interparrish) added six points each.
Will Conoley led the Franklin offense with 17
points. J.T. Barton and Gunner Erwin pitched in with 14
Franklin shot 58% from the field in the second half to
withstand Rose-Hulman's comeback effort after the Engineers trailed
by 12 points at halftime. The score was knotted at 22-22,
before Franklin closed the first half with 12 straight
Rose-Hulman trimmed a 15-point deficit down to nine points
at 52-43 on scores from Balsbaugh and Haslag at the 8:17
mark. Franklin relied on its defense to outscore the
Engineers 16-5 over the next seven minutes to secure the
Franklin improved to 7-11 and 5-6 in conference play,
while Rose-Hulman dropped to 12-6 and 6-5 in league games.
The Engineers return to action with a Saturday afternoon home
matchup against Transylvania University.