TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Franklin College rallied from a 12-point first half deficit and hit 11 three-pointers to pick up a tight 73-71 men's basketball road win over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Wednesday night.
With the win, Franklin took the outright lead in the HCAC standings after Transylvania lost at Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday. Rose-Hulman stands fifth in the HCAC standings at 8-7 in league play after the contest.
Sam Gutierrez led the Franklin offense with 20 points, and Ishmail Jones came off the bench for 10 points for the Grizzlies.
Rose-Hulman relied on an 8-0 run to earn a 23-11 lead midway through the first half. Czarnecki keyed the run with a layup and two free throws. Franklin responded with a 20-8 run to tie the score at 31-31, and the tally remained tied 36-36 at the half.
In the second half, Franklin led for much of the last 12 minutes, although Rose-Hulman tied the score four times including at 62-62 on two Czarnecki free throws at the 4:31 mark.
Another Czarnecki field goal brought the Engineers within 69-66 at the 1:41 mark, but four free throws down the stretch by Franklin proved enough for the road win.
Franklin stands 15-7 overall and 11-4 in HCAC play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 11-11 and 8-7 in conference games. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Saturday with a road contest at Defiance.