RICHMOND, Indiana – Franklin College scored on its final eight possessions of the game to secure an 81-73 road victory over the Earlham College men's basketball team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action at Schuckman Court on Saturday.
Franklin led 8-7 in the early going after a layup from Braxton Day at the 17:53 mark of the first half. The Quakers responded by scoring on four of their next five possessions resulted in an 8-0 run and a 15-8 Earlham lead.
Franklin stopped the run with a jumper from Aaron Mann, but a three-pointer from freshman Kenneth Stalling Jr., a free throw from sophomore Darrell Hutchison, and a jumper from sophomore Chainey Zolman put the Quakers up 21-10 with nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The Grizzlies stiffened up on defense, however, ending the first half on a 26-9 run to take a 36-29 lead into halftime.
Earlham got within five points at 45-40 on a Hutchison jump shot with 15:09 to play in regulation, but Franklin stretched its lead back to ten points on a pair of free throws from Robbie Prather.
The Quakers continued to battle and got within two points (60-58) after two free throws from junior Elijah Wilson-Thomas with 6:45 to play. Franklin would score the next five points, but a three-pointer from Wilson-Thomas and two free throws from Hutchison with four minutes to play got Earlham within two points (65-63) once again.
Franklin would score on its final eight possessions to seal the close victory.
Hutchison finished with 21 points, four rebounds, and three assists while converted a career-high nine free throws. Wilson-Thomas also tallied 21 points to go along with six boards.
Braxton Day led the Grizzlies with 23 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. Mann finished with 21 points despite making just 5-20 field goals. Prather added 18 points.
Earlham shot 48 percent (24-50) from the field compared to 39.4 percent (26-66) for Franklin. The Quakers made 10-20 three-point attempts while Franklin converted 9-24 attempts from distance. The visitors won the rebounding battle 39-31.
The Quakers return to action at Defiance College on Wednesday.