FRANKLIN, Ind. – Transylvania men's basketball three-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday, as they fell narrowly to the Franklin Grizzies, despite a last minute comeback effort, 97-94.
The well-rounded scoring effort continued against Franklin, as four players recorded double figures. The offense was led by two bench players, freshman Ethan Rowe, who netted a career-high 22 points, and freshman Logan Wade, who netted 20 points in the loss. Freshman Garrett Dorfman (19) and freshman point guard Mason Monroe (16) also made an impact, especially in the seeming absence of sophomore Parker Stansberry and sophomore Joe Jennings, who were held to six and three points, respectively.
Transylvania struggled in the opening minutes of game against the Grizzly defense. With 11 minutes remaining in the first, the Pioneers were only 3-for-13 shooting from the field and 1-for-5 from behind the arc. The 23 percent shooting resulted in a quick eight-point deficit, 19-8.
With an offensive-defensive substitution rotation in motion, the Pioneers began mounting an impressive comeback.
In the following eight minutes, Transylvania went 11-for-22, netting buckets and taking fouls to tie the game at the 3-minute mark. By the halftime buzzer, Transylvania had managed a 5-point, 46-41, lead as they headed to the locker room. The effort was made in part by the duo of Rowe and Dorfman, who combined for 26 points of the team's first-half points.
The second half was a roller coaster of scoring, as the Grizzlies and Pioneers battled to maintain an advantage. Down eight, with one minute left in regulation, Transylvania began grinding out the final minutes with smart inside shots and full-court press defense. The press caused the Grizzlies to misstep with 30 seconds remaining, giving up a free two-point jumper to the Pioneers and cutting the Grizzlies' lead to three.
The Pioneers fouled down the stretch, taking chances on Franklin's free-throw shooting, but the Grizzlies connected, going 86 percent from the line. Despite the defensive effort and perimeter attempts, the shots didn't fall in the final seconds, snapping Transylvania's win streak.
Transylvania won the turnover battle, causing 16 Franklin turnovers and recording nine steals. However, it was the Grizzlies' effort on the boards that gave them second-chance points, as they dominated 39 to Transylvania's 26.
Transylvania men's basketball heads to Rose-Hulman on this road stretch, facing the Fightin' Engineers at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.