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Transy Pioneers destroy the Franklin Grizzlies, 81-55

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transylvania built a 25-point first-half lead Wednesday, then stretched its advantage to as many as 30 in the second and the Pioneers went on to hammer Franklin 81-55 in Heartland Conference men's basketball action at the Beck Center.

Transy improved to 12-9 overall, 8-4 HCAC, while the Grizzlies are 8-12, 6-5 HCAC. It was Transy's second win over the Grizzlies this season. The Pioneers won on the road in December by two points. With the win, Transy remained in second place in the HCAC race.

The Pioneers shot at a 71 percent clip in the first half, which ended with Transy holding a 46-24 advantage. Barrett Meyer hit four of five from three-point range and led Transy with 14 points in the period. Senior Blake McCowan added eight points and four rebounds.

Franklin, which shot 40 percent in the first half while missing all four of its three-point attempts, was led by Scott Trueblood's eight points. Transy made 17 of 24 shots overall and six of nine from long range.

Meyer finished with a game-high 17 points, including five of six from long range, while McCowan added 13 points and five rebounds. Freshman Brandon Rash notched 10 points and Chris Owens had eight. Tim Tierney had five points and five assists.

Transy finished the game with 56 percent shooting from the field while Franklin shot 47 percent. The Pioneers were 11 of 16 from three-point range compared to three of nine for the visitors, who were led by Gunner Erwin's 12 points and 10 by Trueblood.

Transy made just eight turnovers while forcing Franklin into 13.

Transy will be on the road for its next outing, traveling to Defiance Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup.

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