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Franklin Rallies to Top Rose-Hulman Men's Basketball 73-71

Franklin Rallies to Top Rose-Hulman Men's Basketball 73-71

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.

Craig McGee led the Rose-Hulman offense with 20 points, seven assists and added five rebounds.  John Czarnecki added an impressive double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Other double-figure scorers in the balanced Rose-Hulman offense included Michael Lake with 11 points, and Max Chaplin with 10 points on 2-3 from three-point range.

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.